Youth Experiencing Homelessness
1/3 of the nation’s homeless youth live in California
Of the 6,860 people experiencing homelessness in Orange County, 271 (4%) are transition-aged youth (Orange County Point in Time Count, 2019)
Youth experiencing homelessness show an elevated risk of mental health problems, including anxiety disorders, depressions, and suicide due to increased exposure to violence while living on the street.
“Youth experiencing homelessness are mobile and often they try to avoid detection and contact with adults and social service systems; meaning they are often not counted during annual homeless surveys.” (CA Homeless Youth Project)