The U.S. Department of Education defines homeless youth as youth who “lack a fixed, regular, and nighttime residence,” these individuals are living on their own, without a parent or a guardian, and lacks stable housing increasing their vulnerability for sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, prostitution, or drug abuse.
Transition-aged youth (TAY), 18 to 24 years old, are one of the fastest growing homeless populations and require unique housing and services because they are still developing as young adults and need support until they are able to support themselves, gain life experience, and transition to adulthood.*
• are physically, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and socially still developing – they are adults-in-progress with unique strengths and assets
• enter into homelessness with little or no work experience
• are often forced into leaving their education (i.e. junior high and high school) as a result of their homelessness
• experience high levels of criminal victimization, including sexual exploitation
• often enter into homelessness without life skills such as cooking, money management and job searching.*