Services & Stats

COMMON YOUTH PROBLEMS

Estimates of the number of unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness for at least one night each year ranges from 500,000 to 1.7 million. 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