• People lying on the sidewalk catch the eye of a pedestrian in downtown Washington
    People lying on the sidewalk catch the eye of a pedestrian in downtown Washington

One in 10 young American adults experienced some form of homelessness in the previous year, with nearly 3.5 million people aged 18 to 25 sleeping in shelters and cars.

The study by Chapin Hall, a youth policy center at the University of Chicago, also found that at least one in 30 teenagers aged 13-17 experienced homelessness over the same period.

The study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, polled more than 26,000 young people and their families across the country to gauge how many of them had been homeless during that period.

The survey identified college students, graduates and employed young people who struggled to find a permanent place to stay. It also found that homelessness was no less prevalent in rural areas than in urban locations, and that certain groups, including African-Americans, Hispanics, as well as those who do not complete high school, are at greater risk.

“Every day of housing instability and the associated stress represents a missed opportunity to support healthy development and transitions to productive adulthood,” the researchers concluded.

“Our findings probably challenge the images of homelessness. Homelessness is young,” Matthew Morton, a research fellow with the policy center, told the Washington Post. “It’s more common than people expect and it’s largely hidden.”
Nearly 554,000 people were homeless across America during a one-night count in January of this year, a nearly 1 percent increase from 2016, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development said in a report released last month.


Jan 03, 2018 16:27 UTC