How many homeless youth are in Washington State? Why do youth leave home? Do youth on the streets really experience sexual exploitation? How many homeless youth are LGBTQ? Do homeless youth use drugs more than their housed peers?
Find the answer to these common questions and more. Discover insightful statistics and information about youth homelessness below.
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Homelessness in WA State
What factors put youth at risk of experiencing homelessness? What resources are available in Washington state counties, and where are there gaps?
Quick Fact: Ninety percent of youth accessing shelter claim that they experienced conflict (such as abuse, domestic violence, addiction, neglect, etc.) at home.
Are youth at the streets at higher risk of addiction? Do homeless youth fall into substance abuse more than their housed peers?
Quick Fact: 80% of homeless youth age 18-21 use drugs or alcohol as a means to self-medicate to deal with traumatic experiences and abuse. (dosomething.org)