Research shows that 1 in 10 young people between 18-25 and 1 in 30 between 13-18 experience homelessness annually, and HUD estimates, understood to represent a minimum estimate, show that at least 45,000 young people experience homelessness on any given night.

 Youth Homelessness most often involves a breakdown or conflict with a young person’s family, and failures of systems such as housing, education, child welfare, and justice. These factors, compounded with economic instability, lead to housing crises that ultimately cause homelessness. It is also a major symptom of America’s long history of structural racism and systemic inequities, meaning homelessness does not impact all young people equally. Regardless of the cause, young people in rural and urban areas experience homelessness at similar rates.



Our advocacy helps us demonstrate the importance of ending youth homelessness to Congress and policymakers in Washington, so we can secure new resources for your communities. Join our advocacy team today to help us grow the Movement!


This tool will help our movement articulate a common vision for the role of the federal government in ending youth homelessness. Recommendations outlined in this Framework are based on what we’ve learned from emerging research, innovative communities leading the fight to end youth homelessness, and those most impacted by the crisis.