11 Facts about Homeless Teens

  1.  According to HUD’s 2014 Point-In-Time Report, 34% of the total homeless population is under 24.
  2. Some homeless youth are with their families. In 2014, however, many were homeless and alone. This is only an estimate using reported numbers. There is no way to have actual count as teens will do whatever it takes to blend in.
  3. About 80% of homeless youth (aged 12-21) use drugs or alcohol as a means to self-medicate to deal with the traumatic experiences and abuse they face.
  4. The Department of Justice estimates that every year, over 1.7 million teens experience homelessness in the US. Youth ages 12 to 17 are more at risk of homelessness than adults.
  5. Over 50% of young people in shelters and on the streets report that their parents told them to leave or knew they were leaving and didn’t care.
  6. 46% of runaway and homeless youth reported being physically abused, 38 percent reported being emotionally abused.
  7. HUD has reported that 21-40% of homeless youth have been sexually abused compared to 1-3% of the general youth population.
  8. Of youth who run away, 41% have been abandoned by their parents for at least 24 hours and 43% have been beaten by a caretaker.
  9. HIV rates for homeless people are 3 to 9 times higher than reported rates for comparative samples in the US.
  10. One in seven young people between the ages of 10 and 18 will run away at least once in their life. 75% of these runaways are female. Estimates of the number of pregnant homeless girls are between 6 and 22 percent.
  11. Seventy five percent (75%) of homeless or runaway youth have dropped out or will drop out of school.