On any given night in , , youth younger than 25 across the country were homeless — 36, of them on their own. One-third of them were in California. As the homeless youth population declines nationwide, California remains the state with the highest population of people experiencing homelessness overall and the highest number of unaccompanied homeless youth, according to the Annual Homeless Assessment from the U. The lack of progress on homelessness has the state and local governments taking on new strategies to prevent families and young people from ending up on the streets. Unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness account for just under 7 percent of the national homeless population, which the report lists as ,
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Overall, the number of people living on the streets of Los Angeles County in grew to 58, people, an increase of 23 percent from , according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Many LGBTQ youth are homeless and living on the streets because they have been rejected by their families, have fled family violence or are too old for the foster care system, according to a report from the True Colors Fund, The Palette Fund and the Williams Institute. These reasons also were mentioned by the youth interviewed by the Los Angeles Blade. Although some shelters offer housing and services to homeless LGBTQ youth, some youth who spoke with the Los Angeles Blade said living in a shelter can be stressful, and they find street life easier. Kyle is hopeful he can turn his situation around, but for the moment, he lives on the sidewalk in a tent.
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Diandre Pope said his mother dropped him off at a Hollywood youth shelter when he was 15, and he started to get into trouble. Now 31, the Watts native stays in an encampment on Hollywood Boulevard, around the corner from a popular fitness club, siphoning power off a utility pole to power his telephone and sampling the capacious offerings — taquitos to hot wings — from a nearby convenience store. The homeless services agency improved the youth count, Executive Director Peter Lynn said, which could account for part of the jump.
This new survey was designed to obtain greater detail on the similar and distinct experiences of sexual minority lesbian, gay, bisexual, and questioning and gender minority transgender youth experiencing homelessness. Recruitment was focused on agencies whose primary purpose is the provision of services to youth experiencing homelessness. LGBQ and transgender youth were described as experiencing many similar issues leading to homelessness, but some of these issues were estimated by agency staff to be exaggerated for transgender youth. Several factors that continue to help or hurt existing efforts to address homelessness among LGBTQ youth were identified.