Sunday, Jan 17, 2021
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 42 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




 

 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
to Section One | to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, April 15, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 16
Federal study of Seattle youth increases understanding of homeless teens
Section One
ALL STORIES
  next story
Federal study of Seattle youth increases understanding of homeless teens

SEATTLE - More than half of homeless youth become homeless for the first time because they are asked to leave home by a parent or caregiver, and more than half say they have tried to stay at a shelter but it was full. Those findings resulted from a study released on Thursday, April 14 by the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

The first-of-its-kind study, funded by ACF's Family & Youth Services Bureau and conducted by researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, focused on 873 youth ages 14 to 21 in 11 cities, to include homeless youth from Seattle. Respondents included street youth receiving services from federally supported local organizations and street youth who were not currently using services from federal grantees. The study found the following among the youth surveyed nationally:

o On average, youth became homeless for the first time at age 15.

o The average youth spent nearly two years living on the streets.

o More than 60 percent were raped, beaten up, robbed, or otherwise assaulted.

o Nearly 30 percent of participants identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual, and nearly 7 percent identified as transgender.

o About half of youth had been in foster care and youth with a foster care history had been homeless for much longer (27.5 months on average) compared to youth who had never been in foster care (19.3 months, on average).

The study was designed to increase the government's understanding of the services young people need when they are homeless. The majority of participants needed help with job training or finding a job, transportation, and clothing. More than half of respondents also needed a safe place to stay, help with education, access to laundry facilities, a place to study, rest, or spend time during the day, and a phone.

'It is unacceptable for any youth to become homeless in America. The findings of this study will help us more effectively target our street outreach programs so that we can help our youth receive the help they need, when they need it most ,' said Rafael López, Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, which commissioned the study. 'With data detailing the problem in cities across our country, we can work with local agencies to end youth homelessness.'

'With this first-of-its-kind study providing insight into how long youth spent living on the streets, who they are, and what their greatest needs are, ' said ACF Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Greenberg, 'The data from Seattle and ten other cities can help communities strengthen their efforts to serve homeless youth in need.'



ACF provides services to runaway and homeless youth on the streets or in areas with increased risk of abuse and sexual exploitation. The programs aim to help young people get off the streets and promote efforts by its locally supported organizations to build relationships between street outreach workers and homeless street youth. These local organizations also provide support services to help move youth into shelters or stable housing, and prepare them for independence. Homeless youth also use federally supported drop-in centers to shower, eat a hot meal or obtain food coupons, receive hygiene kits, and obtain referrals for medical, dental, mental health, or social services.

ACF is also releasing a new public service announcement campaign targeting runaway and homeless youth. The new television PSAs feature homeless youth sharing their personal stories and is aimed at connecting runaway and homeless youth with services and resources. ACF's Street Outreach Program supports work with homeless, runaway and street youth to help them find stable housing and services. The program also focuses on developing relationships between outreach workers and young people that allow homeless youth to rebuild connections with caring adults and prevent the sexual abuse or exploitation of young people living on the streets or in unstable housing.

Runaway and homeless youth who need help, or parents and guardians who are worried about their children, can call the National Runaway Hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY.

To learn more about youth homelessness, visit: youthhomelessness.acf.hhs.gov.



All ACF news releases, fact sheets and other materials are available on the ACF news page: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/media. Follow ACF on Twitter for more updates.

Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

Mayor Ed Murray discusses travel bans to hate states NC and MS
------------------------------
WA state's anti-Trans initiatives:
Judge rules against bigots on ballot language

------------------------------
SPD to host first-ever National Hate Crimes Conference April 27-28
------------------------------
Northwest charity donates $375,000 to right-wing hate group supporting WA state anti-Trans Initiative 1505
------------------------------
IN MEMORIAM: Valerie (Val) Jean Valrejean
------------------------------
A breakdown of all the anti-LGBTQ legislation around the country
------------------------------
North Carolina governor 'clarifies' state policy

OKs protections for LGBT state employees

------------------------------
Dave Upthegrove to run for Commissioner of Public Lands
------------------------------
Honduras: 215 LGBT people killed in 7 years
LGBTs at risk of torture, imprisonment & assassination, with impunity

------------------------------
Trans activists boo Massachusetts governor off stage
------------------------------
Louisiana governor orders protections for LGBT state employees
------------------------------
Federal study of Seattle youth increases understanding of homeless teens
------------------------------
Anti-Trans bill will cost us billions in federal money, Tennessee AG warns
------------------------------
North Carolina NAACP against anti-LGBT law
Plans sit-in for April 21

------------------------------
Social Security Administration gives in on overpayments to married Gays and Lesbians
------------------------------
Half of all people carry 'Gay gene' one study suggests
------------------------------
22 year-old Gay Mormon activist dies by suicide
------------------------------
2016 State of the Hill Address and the annual Spirit Award
------------------------------
Chinese court rules against Gay marriage
------------------------------

------------------------------
BREAKING NEWS
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 
 
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml

Seattle Gay News - SGN
1707 23rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone 206-324-4297
Fax 206-322-7188

email: sgn2@sgn.org
website suggestions: web@sgn.org

copyright Seattle Gay News 2016 - DigitalTeamWorks 2016

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News