November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Every year, hundreds of thousands of American families become homeless, including more than 1.6 million children.  An estimated 700,000 are unaccompanied youth under the age of 18. The number of homeless youth is likely much higher than reported. Homeless youth tend to be a hidden population and have a harder time accessing services, including shelter and medical care. Youth often have traumatic childhood experiences prior to becoming homeless. Family conflict, abuse, neglect, and rejection can cause a young person to become homeless. Youth who have been involved in the foster care and juvenile justice systems are significantly more likely to become homeless. Once homeless, young people are at risk for labor and sex trafficking, assault, and other forms of victimization. Connect with your local homeless shelter. Find out how you can help. Every young person deserves a safe and stable place to call home.