80,000 Dallas families have no home tonight...
In the Dallas area alone, about 80,000 families - typically a single woman with young children - are homeless on any given night, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Experts say the numbers are probably much higher than the current estimates because homeless families are less noticeable than what people usually see on their streets. Keeping this in mind, our program is designed to meet the need of the Homeless by providing, food, shelter, clothing and toiletries; all the basic needs that are not currently being met.
- source Homeless Coalition of Dallas
What are the cause of youth and teen homelessness?
Young people are at far greater risk of becoming homeless if:
- Their parents engage in substance abuse or have mental health problems.
- They suffered or witnessed child abuse or neglect in the home.
- The family has been homeless previously.
- They identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
- They have been in foster care.
- Children who have been in foster care are at greater risk of becoming homeless at an earlier age and to remain homeless for a longer period of time than other youth.
How is child abuse related to youth and teen homelessness?
- 46% of homeless youth escaped a home where they suffered physical abuse.
- 17% left because of sexual abuse.
What happens to homeless youth and homeless teens on the streets?
Young people who are too old for foster care, yet too young to apply for social services are often forced into homelessness. Homeless youths can face devastating short and long-term consequences.
- Nearly 43% of homeless young men and 39% of homeless young women say they were assaulted with a weapon while living on the streets.
- Homeless youth suffer significant mental health problems including: depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorders.
- Homeless youth are approximately 75% more likely to self-medicate and abuse substances as a means to deal with trauma and abuse.
- Children living on the streets are more likely to engage in “survival sex” – trading sex to gain food, clothing, drugs, money, or just for a safe place to sleep at night.
- According to a San Francisco government study, 17% of homeless youth are HIV-positive.
- Homeless youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered are more likely commit suicide than other youth.