Homeless Youth in Fairfield County
CT Coalition to End Homelessness released their report last week. Click below to view report:
Here is a summarized version of what the data shows…
There are estimated to be 5,054 homeless and unstably housed youth in the state of CT at any given point in time. These are unaccompanied minors and young adults between the ages of 18-24. “Homeless” refers to youth who are in emergency shelters, transitional programs, on the streets, or in some other place not meant for human habitation. “Unstably housed” refers to youth who are staying somewhere temporarily. This could mean several things. For example, someone who is unstably housed may bounce from one person’s couch to another and another with frequent moves every month, or it could mean that they are with family but often get kicked out with nowhere to go. It is important to recognize that even though youth may have a place to sleep, it is not always a safe place for them.
In Fairfield County, we have an estimated 1,032 homeless and unstably housed youth and young adults. 288 of these youth are literally homeless. Among those who are literally homeless, only 23% seek shelter. Mirroring the national data, we see that youth of color and LGBTQIA youth are disproportionately represented among homeless youth, many homeless females are pregnant and parenting, and many of these youth have a history of or current system involvement.
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