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|Intervention services, housing options, and transitional support for the foster care system are strategies to end youth homelessness.|
Unaccompanied homeless youth present unique challenges to existing homeless assistance systems. Most organizations are built around the needs of homeless adults and families – not unaccompanied young people. Homeless youth and young adults are at pronounced risk for physical abuse, sexual exploitation, mental health disabilities, chemical or alcohol dependency, and death.
Although the Alliance estimates that as many as 50,000 youth are sleeping on the streets, definitive data on youth homelessness does not yet exist.
With these limitations in mind, the Alliance recommends the following as strategies to end youth homelessness: