“The root cause of youth homelessness is family disruption. We serve young people ages 13-24 – folks you would expect to be at home. But the youth we serve don’t have that option.”
Youth homelessness affects nearly 1,500 youth in King County every day.
The Causes of Youth Homelessness
Nationally, over one in four youth who come out to their parents as LGBTQ are thrown out of their home. 28% of youth on the streets in King County identify as LGBTQ.
Roughly one in three youth on the streets in King County has been involved in foster care, sometimes living in 20+ homes by age 18.
43% of youth and young adults in King County report a history of domestic violence or abuse, and more frequently cite this abuse as the primary cause of homelessness than other homeless demographic groups.
The Demographics of Youth Homelessness
percent of homeless youth in Seattle
identify as LGBTQ
percent of homeless youth accessing services
are youth of color