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|Though definitive numbers are scarce, the Alliance estimates that there are 50,000 youth sleeping on the streets in the United States.|
While data documenting the breadth and depth of homelessness among youth is rare, what is known is that homeless youth and young adults are at great risk for physical abuse, sexual exploitation, mental health disabilities, chemical or alcohol dependency, and death.
Given the diverse pathways to homelessness for unaccompanied youth and their special, developmental needs, youth require a specialized solution to their homelessness. Among the most important strategies are:
The Alliance focuses its efforts on preventing and ending homelessness around several key pieces of current and proposed legislation: