November 20, 2020
Since 2007, November has been recognized at National Homeless Youth Awareness Month.
From November 2019, according to “Rising to the Challenge: A Plan to Prevent and End Youth & Young Adult Homelessness in Boston,” the average age of a youth or young adult’s (YYA) first experience with homelessness is 16 years old.
Boston’s homeless YYA are 40-58 percent Black, 21-35 percent Latinx, and 25-29 percent identify as LGBTQ. Approximately, 32-47 percent of Boston’s homeless YYA reported being detained in either the juvenile or adult justice system, 31-39 percent reported that they had been placed in foster care, while 22 percent reported experiences with both systems.
This press release was produced by the City of Boston. The views expressed here are the author’s own.