Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Youth under age 18 who lack adequate nighttime residence at some point during the school year. This could include youth living in homeless shelters and transitional housing, hotels or motels, unsheltered settings, and also couch surfing, doubling up, or sharing housing with others due to a loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.

Population:

  • In 2018, 1.36 million students (1 in 38 students) were identified by schools as youth experiencing homelessness.
  • While rural and urban youth experience similar rates of homelessness, subpopulations of youth, specifically youth of color, parenting youth, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth are at a disproportionately higher risk for experiencing homelessness include LGBTQ youth (120%), as well as African American (83%) and Hispanic (33%) youth.

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Co – Chairs

Melissa Sheer
scheermb@missouri.edu

Kerri Ashurst
kgoodman@uky.edu