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Homelessness and Youth

Homeless youth, often called unaccompanied youth, can be described as individuals under the age of 24 years old who are lacking in parental, foster, or institutional care. These youth are often hard to identify, transient, and have difficulty seeking treatment due to lack of resources. Without intervention, homeless youth are at risk of a multitude of mental health issues, as well as academic and career concerns. Homeless youth live in both urban and rural environments. Several different factors can lead to homelessness within this population. These factors include family problems, financial issues, and lack of housing. Unfortunately, the numbers of homeless youth grow each year. The financial crisis of 2007–08 in the United States put a strain on many families struggling to pay bills ...

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