What are effective, trauma-informed strategies for advocates and providers who are serving runaway and homeless youth and young adults?
by Arlene Snyder, Director of Program Development at Bridge Over Troubled Waters
No one knows for sure how many unaccompanied homeless youth and young adults (YYA) there are in the US. The National Network for Youth, an advocacy organization working to coordinate and support services for these vulnerable young people, provides a range of estimates on its website.
- The National Network estimates that 4.2 million YYA experience homelessness in the US on any given night, and 700,000 of them are minors.
- The 2019 Point in Time (PIT) count conducted by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development estimated 42,593 homeless youth in one day.
- The Department of Education estimates there are about 90,000 homeless youth in the country’s public schools.