The causes and realities of youth homelessness are different from adult homelessness and they require solutions that are adapted to these unique challenges.
Some youth are subject to unstable living conditions (sleeping outside, couch surfing, shared housing) and precarious situations with regard to mental health and addictions.
Often, they have dropped out of school and their job prospects are extremely limited.
On top of this, they have little to no experience in what it means to be self-sufficient.
Homelessness is almost never a choice. They want to get off the street.
“Youth homelessness” refers to the situation and experience of young people between the ages of 13 and 24 who are living independently of parents and/or caregivers, but do not have the means or ability to acquire a stable, safe or consistent residence. Definition form THE HOMELESS HUB