Adolescent Health and Wellbeing | Youth Homelessness

Resources for Homeless Youth in Texas

Youth, up to 24 years of age, account for nearly 8 percent of the national population who experience homelessness. Homeless youth face unique challenges to overcoming homelessness, such as difficulty signing a housing lease, vulnerability of being unaccompanied in adult shelters, and a lack of belongingness and attachment to a stable, developmentally supportive system. Youth Count Texas! (YCT!) is a statewide count of youth experiencing homelessness that aims to collect information on youth’s needs and the availability of services that are currently meeting those needs. In 2016, CFRP collaborated with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and the Texas Network of Youth Services to collect and compile the YCT! data. The information from this assessment is informing recommendations for community services and policy changes to improve the resources available to youth experiencing homelessness.

 

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