Kids Belong in Homes, Not Alleys
November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month.
Approximately 1.6 million children are homeless each year. Along with the hardship of losing one’s home, family, friendship, and routine, many homeless youth are also the victim of trauma. Homeless youth are exposed to countless dangers while living on the street, with an increased likelihood of substance abuse, early parenthood, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and a vulnerability to being trafficked.
In 2010 in Minnesota, there were 15,898 homeless children. Although Minnesota ranks 2nd best among the states for its homeless youth population, this is still 15,898 too many. Here are some statistics on homeless youth in Minnesota via Youth Moving Forward.