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Youth Homelessness - social and family issue

Updated on December 14, 2010

Here is the truth

Youth homelessness affects millions of young people each year. There is no cure for youth homlessness and from the begining to the end of time, young people will become homeless for one reason or another. We as humans need to remember our own teenage years, when we were still growing up ourselfs. Becoming an adult is hard enough with out the added factor of being "homeless".

If you think of a homeless person striotypically we all think of an unclean, funny smelling, dirty clothed person who is either sitting on a bench drinking booze, or is sleeping in a bus shelter. The actual truth is we walk past atleast five homeless people a day and don't notice, just because they look like me and you. Clean, well presented the only difference is they don't have a fixed abode.


Homeless Man
Homeless Man

Case studies

Young people become homeless for many different resons. Heres some examples of  three youths over sixteen.

  1. A girl lives with her seriously ill mother, they have no contact with the father and very minimal contact with any other family members from both sides. Sadly her mother passes away, the young girl is left on her own with no one and nothing. She has no other opition but to move into a hostel.
  2. A young male seeking refuge/assylum in a new country with no family or contacts here, he is granted his visa, but doesn't have any where to live, he is refered to a hostel.
  3. A  young girl has a very disfunctional family background. The young girl was getting into trouble with police, she wasn't working or going to college so her parents kicked her out. The young girl ends up sofa surfing (sleeping on friends sofa's) for a few months. She goes to her local police station and they sign post her to a hostel. 

These are just a few examples of why young people become homeless, and it isn't humanly possible to completly eliminate all the issues surrounding youth homelessness. That being said, we can take preventative steps to minimise homelessness within our own communities, socail group  and families. I believe that home life and the teenage years of a young person really do impact on their progression in life. We must remember to give a young person support, guidance, motivation and empowerment. We have to nourish and encourage our young people to have a healthy transistion into adulthood and independent living.

Early Intervention

Like i said before, we can't solve all the issues and problems, but we can minimise them.

If it is too far past early intervention, it is important to embed a posistive and benificial path for the young person to follow.

Example

Look into your telephone directory for words like hostel, respite, night shelters, neighbour hood offices or local police stations. Any one of the links above would be able to provide accommodation for homeless young people.

Like i said before, we can't solve all the issues and problems, but we can minimise them.

The key is to recognise the signs, then introduce the path of early intervention. There are many sevices on youth homelessness for young people:

  • Family mediation - to rebuild bridges with family
  • Respite - a getaway for 2 - 3 nights for the young person
  • Counselling - help solve personal difficuties
  • Drug and Alcohol services - harm reduction support
  • Education Employment and training - help to find job or college placement
  • Family - can give extra support out of office hours

If it is too far past early intervention, it is important to embed a posistive and benificial path for the young person to follow.

Example

Look into your telephone directory for words like hostel, respite, night shelters, neighbour hood offices or local police stations. Any one of the links above would be able to provide accommodation for homeless young people.

Good Samaritan

In an ideal world we would be able to do what the KARDASHIANS did and help a homeless guy named "Shorty". They gave him a shower, haircut, shave, fresh clothes and new teeth!! Not only did they do all that but they helped him get into a night shelter. They gave some one hope and we should be able to give a young person a little bit of hope who is facing savere hardship.

After all, it doesn't cost any thing to give support, guidance, motivation and empowerment.

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      Gmorninsun 8 years ago

      Ditto, Justine. But I was 40. The experience left me with much more compassion and understanding. This is something I plan to write about. Thank you for getting more information out, retellet. Nicely done.

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      Justine76 8 years ago

      I was homeless when I was 18. I was lucky enough to have a car though. Thanks for writing this. Too often people are so quick to judge and never know the whole story. Good hub.

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      Duchess OBlunt 8 years ago

      Excellent! Well written and well deserving of the HubNugget Nomination.

      Kudos for sharing this one

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      This is a very real problem. Thanks for the reminder that we can make a difference if we are willing to! :D

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      Zinttr sb 8 years ago

      Fantastic !!!

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Excellent topic and well-presented info. Kudos to the Kardashians for helping out the best way - by addressing the needs of one person, and helping him get what he needs to start moving forward.

      Congratulations on your nomination!

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Important topic, retellect. You're right, truth is, we have no idea who or how many are homeless that walk beside us, go to our schools, walk down the street with us. We often forget about the kids and their circumstances. There is no stereotype. Congrats on the nomination!

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      rmcrayne 8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      It's difficult thinking about anyone being homeless, especially teens or children. Like you said, it's hard enough growing up under good circumstances. Congrats on your HubNuggets nomination.

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      retellect 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for all the support guys! Remember to Rate Up so I can win the HubNugget Challenge!

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      lmmartin 8 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      An excellent hub retellect and I hope you win for this one. Congrats on your nomination, and come by and visit my site again. I'll look for your comments.

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      retellect 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for all the comments and Rate Up's guys! Spread the word and keep them coming please! Love you all!

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      QuirkyPearl 8 years ago from England - UK

      A sad subject but I did enjoy your positivity.

      Good Luck in your nomination.

      Thank you for dropping by.

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      apricot 8 years ago from Italy

      This is excellent! I'm voting for you!

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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Congrats for your HubNugget nomination retellect. It's time to move ahead. Now, I understand the realities of youth homelessness and the problems they are facing these days.

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      livingsta 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Retellect, great hub, which brings the reality into light for people who are not aware of these issues. And A big Congratulations on your HubNugget nomination !!!!

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      judydianne 8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Good hub on a very important issue. Good luck on your nomination.

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      retellect 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks guys! I made it into the hubnugget wannabe list! Make sure you rate up if you want me to have a fighting chance of winning!

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Retellect, this is indeed a painful reality that we as a society must face. If we can give a little hope to someone in our life, it will surely go a long way. Congrats for your Hubnugget Nomination. Check it out: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets10/hub/October-Sky-F...

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      Sandi 3m 8 years ago

      So sad, but so true.

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      Flightkeeper 8 years ago from The East Coast

      Thank you for the hub retellect, these cases are all too real.

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