For Street Youth of Canada Society, as part of our ongoing charity spotlight series. No one wants to be homeless and living on the street. But for many youth in Vancouver, the streets are safer than home. Others have mental health issues — diagnosed, or not. Dysfunction is normalized for these youth.
Youth Homelessness Overview
Homelessness is a major social concern in the United States, and youth may be the age group most at risk of becoming homeless. Youth run away or are homeless for a range of reasons, but involvement in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems, abuse, neglect, abandonment, and severe family conflict have all been found to be associated with youth becoming homeless. These youth are vulnerable to a range of negative experiences including exploitation and victimization. Runaway and homeless youth have high rates of involvement in the juvenile justice system, are more likely to engage in substance use and delinquent behavior, be teenage parents, drop out of school, suffer from sexually transmitted diseases, and meet the criteria for mental illness. While negative experiences persist for youth who are homeless with their families, their experiences may not vary drastically from youth living in poverty.
Homelessness and Runaway
Learn more. The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness is the largest national research institute devoted to homelessness in Canada. Many different terms are used to describe young people experiencing homelessness, including street youth, street kids, runaways, homeless youth, etc. In such circumstances, they do not have a stable or consistent residence or source of income, nor do they necessarily have adequate access to the support networks necessary to foster a safe and nurturing transition into the responsibilities of adulthood.
Each year, an estimated 4. On any given night, approximately 41, unaccompanied youth ages experience homelessness. Demographic risk factors for becoming homeless include being Hispanic or black; parenting and unmarried; or LGBTQ, with LGBTQ youth having more than twice the risk of being homeless than their cisgender or heterosexual peers. Also noted in the congressional report , females are more likely than males to run away, and among white, black and Hispanic youth, black youth have the highest rates of running away with approximately half of youth running away before the age of