According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), more than , Americans are homeless on any given night. Nearly 25 percent of homeless people are children, with a third of them living in unsheltered places like parks, cars, and abandoned buildings.
Wind Youth Services (Wind) believes that promoting the safety, shelter and self-determination of all youth experiencing homelessness, including those who are unstably or unsafely housed – regardless of their ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, sobriety status, engagement in the sex trades, and legal history – is fundamental, not only to their human rights, but also to the.
Resources for Homeless Youth Service Providers. This page provides guidance documents from HUD on defining youth homelessness and identifies agencies and organizations with whom HUD partners to assist homeless youth service providers. Rapid Re-housing Models for Homeless Youth.
Young homeless people often become homeless in order to escape violence or abuse happening in their homes such as physical and sexual abuse and neglect. This includes LGBTQ youth (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or questioning). Homeless youth may be: Sleeping at a friend’s house or couch surfing; Riding the subway or staying on the street.