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"Throughout the U.S., individuals who ran away from home as youth are 2.5 times more likely to be arrested as adults."

Improving Outcomes for Homeless Youth

Homeless youth, also known as unaccompanied youth, are defined by the McKinney-Vento Act as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” With support, housing, and training, they can become capable of living independently.

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Read our social issue report on Improving Outcomes for Homeless Youth which includes: an overview of the social issue, an investment recommendation, information on the return on investment, and ways to take further action.

Homeless youth are at a far higher risk than their housed peers for substance abuse issues, poor health, and unemployment. The negative effects of experiencing homelessness as a young person last a lifetime. Youth who ran away from home at least once before the age of 18 were 50 percent less likely than their housed peers to have a GED or high school diploma.

Homeless youth, also known as unaccompanied youth, are defined by the McKinney-Vento Act as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” This report focuses on youth aged 15-24 who are separated from their families or guardians. They do not have serious mental health or other issues that require long-term residential care. With support, housing, and training, they can become capable of living independently.