Working together, we can prevent and end youth
homelessness and write a new future for Washington’s youth.

Facts About Homeless Youth

  • Youth Homelessness is as common in rural counties as it is in non-rural counties, according to a report from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.
  • Family conflict is the most prevalent reason youth and young adults identify for becoming homeless.
  • Up to 50% of homeless youth have in foster care or an institutional setting—like the juvenile justice system—at some point in their lives. These are vital programs, but they lack sufficient resources to support all young people. As a result, children slip through the cracks or “age out” of services.
  • Up to 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, or Questioning). Family rejection on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is a frequent factor contributing to LGBTQ homelessness.
  • Homeless youth suffer significant mental health problems, including depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorders.