Services & Stats

YOUTH HOMELESS CRISIS IN THE UNITED STATES:

In November 2017, Chapin Hall of the University of Chicago released a groundbreaking report on youth homelessness in the United States through its Voices of Youth Count initiative. Conducted over the course of a year rather than a single night, the study is the most comprehensive research to date on youth homelessness. Here is what we learned:

  • 3.5 million young adults ages 18 to 25 experience a form of homelessness in the course of a year — that’s 1 of every 10 young adults
  • 700,000 adolescent minors ages 13 to 17 experience a form of homelessness in the course of a year — that’s 1 of every 30 adolescent minors
  • In total, 4.2 million young people experience a form of homelessness in a given year, from couch surfing to living on the streets.
  • Half of the youth who experienced homelessness in the past year did so for the first time.
  • 42% experienced two or more episodes of homelessness
  • Youth homelessness affects urban and rural youth at similar levels

They come from all socio-economic and ethnic-cultural backgrounds, so there is no typical profile of street kids. Common issues/problems among Covenant House Florida kids, however, include:

RUNAWAY/HOMELESS HISTORY

  • 100% are homeless — with family conflict, drug and alcohol abuse, and family violence as the most common causes
  • 76% did not sleep at their parent/guardian’s home the night before arrival
  • 61% were not living with their parent/guardian consistently for the past year
  • 62% had one or more runaway episodes at age 14 or younger
  • 44% ran away five or more times
  • 51% were kicked out of home; of those, half had been kicked out before

ABUSE ACCOUNT

  • 52% were abused; of those with a history of abuse:
  • 56% recount physical abuse
  • 29% recount sexual abuse
  • 15% recount emotional/verbal abuse
  • 34% report violence in the home

FAMILY SITUATION

  • 68% are from families other than two married parents (e.g. single-parent, divorced, or blended families)
  • 17% were in foster care

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION

  • 38% have acute health problems – with respiratory conditions, injuries, and skin disorders most prevelant
  • 61% are depressed or suicidal

SUBSTANCE ABUSE CHRONICLE

62% have used drugs or alcohol —  a percentage almost double the rate among American teens cited in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Monitoring the Future Survey; of those in CHAMP(Covenant House Addiction Management Project):

  • 88% report marijuana as their drug of choice with 100% affirming their first use at age 16 or younger and 45% affirming their first drug use at age 13 or younger
  • 52% come from families that use drugs or alcohol

EDUCATIONAL STATUS

84% of youths without a high school diploma have dropped out or are not attending school; the average reading level is grade 7.5, and the average math level is grade 6.3

EMPLOYMENT RECORD

90% are unemployed

Click on the links below for Covenant House Florida statistics:

Fort Lauderdale

Covenant House Florida 733 Breakers Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 Phone: (954) 561-5559 | Fax: (954) 565-6551 | Toll-Free: (800) 683-8338

Orlando

Covenant House Florida 5931 E. Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32807 Phone: (407) 482-0404 | Fax: (407) 482-0657 | Toll-Free: (800) 441-4478