FACTS ABOUT HOMELESS YOUTH
Research has shown that homeless youth prefer “home-like shelters that are free of conflict and have increased age limits for users, and caring staff who are nonjudgmental and provide unconditional support.”
HOMELESS YOUTH & PETS
Up to 80 percent of homeless individuals with pets had difficulty finding stable rental accommodation.
One third of homeless youth reported that they struggle to maintain their personal hygiene with only 41.2% reporting that they have been able to put on clean clothing daily.
SHELTERS & CONSTRAINTS
Some shelters operate under various constraints that make it difficult to serve homeless communities, such as limited staff, lack of resources to deal with medical/psychological issues or resistance from local communities.
Resources for homeless youth:
Kids Help Phone (1-800-688-6868)
The Native Youth Crisis Hotline (1-877-209-1266)