Every day there are as many as 400 homeless youth living on the streets of Portland. Each youth has a different story—a different set of needs and challenges. Some are teen parents, some are addicted to drugs, and some have mental health issues. Some have spent years in foster homes. Others are forced out of their homes or abandoned by parents. Many run away from abuse. Most distrust authority and adults. All of them have been forced to leave their childhood behind and adapt to street life.
At New Avenues for Youth, we believe that every youth is valuable and that, with proper support and opportunities, homeless youth can take control of their lives, leave the streets, and become stable adults. Understanding the issues homeless youth face is key to being able to provide solutions. Here are some facts you may or may not know about youth homelessness:
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