Quick Fact

  • Twelve thousand six hundred and sixteen

    who came into contact with street outreach workers from a FYSB-funded program went on to spend at least one night in shelter in 2014 and 2015.

    Giving youth a safe place to stay may reduce instances of sex trafficking and survival sex, in which youth trade sex for food, housing, or other resources.

  • As Many As 2 In 5

    homeless youth may be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ), according to several studies.

    The Family and Youth Services Bureau funds the 3/40 BLUEPRINT project to help transitional living programs provide safe and affirming services to LGBTQ youth.

  • Former Foster Youth

    are more likely than other adults to experience homelessness, according to past research.

    In June 2016, the Family and Youth Services Bureau announced a demonstration project targeting young adults who left foster care after the age of 18 and need additional housing supports and services.

  • 18% of Youth

    who contacted the National Runaway Safeline in 2015 said they were experiencing abuse or neglect.

    NRS volunteers help young people who no longer feel safe at home explore their options, including finding a safe place to stay.

  • 37% of crisis connections

    to the National Runaway Safeline came from youth who were considering running away.

    Read the most recent trend report to learn more about the families and youth reaching out to FYSB’s national communication service in 2015.

  • Homelessness is the largest risk factor

    for commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors, according to a 2013 report by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council.

    Access the report and other resources in a newly updated brochure on “Recognizing and Assisting Youth Victims of Domestic Sex Trafficking.”

  • Teen birth rates fell nearly 50 percent

    among Hispanic and African American teens, dropping the national teen birth rate to an all-time low in 2015.

    Grantees of the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program give youth the information they need to make responsible decisions and avoid teen pregnancy.

  • More Than 60% of Homeless Youth

    participating in a recent data collection study said they were raped, beaten up, robbed, or otherwise assaulted while living on the streets.

    The Street Outreach Program provides services in areas where street youth congregate to help prevent sexual exploitation and abuse.

  • More Than 50% of Street Youth

    participating in a recent data collection study said they became homeless for the first time because they were asked to leave home by a parent or caregiver.

    In April 2016, the Family and Youth Services Bureau published a first-of-its-kind report highlighting the experiences of homeless street youth.

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