Homelessness in America: Focus on Youth

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)

To prevent and end homelessness in America, we need to have a clear understanding of who is at risk of homelessness and who experiences homelessness. We also need to be attentive to differences within and between subpopulations of people who are at risk or are experiencing homelessness.

In our Homelessness in America series, we are summarizing the most relevant data and research regarding different subpopulations to help inform the work we must do, together, across the federal government, states, and local communities, to end homelessness once and for all.

In this Focus on Unaccompanied Youth brief, we review data and information that help us answer the following questions:
• What is the scale of youth homelessness?
• What do we know about unaccompanied youth who experience homelessness?
• What do we know about patterns of homelessness among unaccompanied youth?
• What do we know about youths’ risks for experiencing homelessness?
• What are the most significant gaps in available data and our current understanding of unaccompanied
youth who experience homelessness?

Other briefs in this series focus on Veterans, individual adults, people experiencing chronic homelessness, and
families with children.