No young person should find themselves without a safe and stable place to call home. Yet across the country, one in 10 young people ages 12 to 25 will experience some form of homelessness in a given year.
Our 2018 Report on Incidence and Needs of Youth and Young Adult Homelessness in San Francisco, produced by Larkin Street’s Research and Evaluation department, provides a comprehensive look at the scope and causes of youth homelessness, barriers to stability, our model and results, and recommendations for the City, State and Federal governments to better address youth homelessness.
The problem is serious, and the challenges are many. Drivers into homelessness disproportionately impact young people of color and LGBTQ youth, and structural racism and homophobia impede their ability to exit. Making homelessness a rare, brief, and non-recurring experience requires a community-wide effort and a community-wide system committed to ensuring equity for all young people. And, as the Incidence and Needs Report details, Larkin Street knows what works.
The following outcomes for young people exiting our housing programs demonstrate the success that’s possible:
81% exited to stable housing
60% achieved physical and emotional wellness
70% were employed or enrolled in post-secondary education
Together, we can end homelessness for all young people.