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Youth Homelessness
A Story in Numbers

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As of 2021, there are more than 12,000 homeless youth ages 18-24 in California

More than 36% are located in the San Francisco Bay Area. That's 4422 kids

(San Francisco, Santa Clara, Alameda and Santa Cruz counties)

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72% of young people who slept on the street or in shelters also couch surfed

Couch Surfing: "Crashing" at a friend's house for a short, limited time

73% experienced a homelessness episode lasting more than a month


Why do Youth Become Homeless?

Source: California Coalition for Youth 

Young people run away from home due to abuse or neglect,

family member's alcohol or drug addiction, pregnancy, and rejection over sexual orientation

Many youth in foster care become unhoused when they transition out without the support and opportunities for housing and employment 

  In California, 1 in 4 emancipated youth are unhoused

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Our Most At-Risk Youth

Sources: San Francisco Youth Homeless Count and Survey Comprehensive Report 
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago 

LGBTQ+ Youth are 2.2 times more likely to become unhoused

46% of street youth in San Francisco identify as LGBTQ+

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LGBTQ+ youth endured especially high levels of adversity among youth experiencing homelessness

Source: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

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One Person's Story - Baylee

Source: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

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Baylee's Pathway Through Homelessness

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When Baylee is 11, her mother commits suicide

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Baylee leaves foster care to live with her Dad

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Baylee is kicked out of her Dad's house

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Baylee's Dad signs papers for shelter

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