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10 Facts about Homeless Youth

The National Coalition for the Homeless defines homeless youth as individuals under the age of 18 who lack parental, foster, or institutional care.

  1. 1 out of every 3 homeless people are under the age of 18.
  2. 1.6 to 1.7 million people under 18 will experience homelessness each year.
  3. The majority of homeless and runaway youth are between the ages of 15 and 17, however 3 out of 100 runaways are under the age of 10, and 11 out of 100 are between the ages of 11 and 13.
  4. Approximately half of all runaways were physically abused before fleeing home.
  5. Up to a third of runaways have been forced to perform a sexual act against his/her will.
  6. Half of all runaways left home because of a disagreement with a parent or guardian.
  7. A third of all runaways will attempt suicide.
  8. Homeless youth are up to ten times more likely to have or contract HIV than non-homeless adolescents.
  9. A tenth of homeless and runaway females are reportedly pregnant.
  10. This year, one in 260 runaways and homeless youths will die from assault, illness and suicide


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