Homeless Street Youth

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Homeless Street Youth Shirley Carroll Walden University Abstract Youth between the ages of 12 and 24 years who spend at least one night on the streets, in public places, or in shelters are considered homeless. Around two million children run away from home each year in the U.S., and most are likely to end up homeless (Bender, Thompson, McManus, Lantry, & Flynn, 2007). A proposal includes formulating a plan with the Native community that will benefit the homeless youth. Long term housing for homeless Native youth is greatly needed. One proposal currently in motion is long term housing for youth who experience mental health issues. Currently there is only one program that serves homeless youth; the program is not in the Anchorage area. There have not been many studies completed in Alaska, only a recent study by the University of Alaska Anchorage and Covenant House Alaska have provided the data that shows that services are needed for Native Alaskan youth (2010) What do we know about homeless youth? Youth ages 18 and younger will experience homelessness, according to a study by The Alaska Mental Health board (1999), 1.6 to 1.7 million people under 18 will experience homelessness each year. (That's more than the population of Philadelphia.) The National Coalition for the Homeless defines homeless youth as individuals under the age of 18 who lack parental, foster, or institutional care. One out of every 3 homeless people is under the age of 18. Approximately half of all runaways were physically abused before fleeing home. The majority of homeless and runaway youth are between the ages of 15 and 17, however three out of 100 runaways are under the age of 10, and 11 out of 100 are between the ages of 11 and 13. A third
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