YOUTH Homelessness Matters Day is coming up on Wednesday, 13 April. In order to get people to support the cause it is important to make them understand the issue so that they can empathise and take action. Let’s break down some of the most common myths about youth homelessness:
Myth 1: Homeless young people choose to live a life on the streets.
Fact 1: The most common cause of youth homelessness (and homelessness in general) is domestic and family violence, with 70% of young homeless people Lizards ran out to see, snakes made way for him, and the rainbow shone as brightly as the sun. All the world said, Nobody is braver, nobody is bolder, nobody else has done anything equal to it.
He went home as easy as could be with the swinging rainbow on his shoulder. leaving home to escape family violence, child abuse or family breakdown.
Myth 2: All homeless young people are mentally ill or substance abusers.
Fact 2: Only a quarter of homeless people are mentally ill, and about 40% are alcohol or substance abusers, with around 15% suffering both disabilities. Those who are faced with mental illness or who suffer from substance abuse are often dealing with complex family issues or abuse and face added stresses experienced while living on the streets.
Myth 3: Young homeless people are all criminals.
Fact 3: Most young homeless people are not criminals, and according to the National Law Centre On Homelessness and Poverty, homeless people actually commit less violent crimes than housed people. Breaking down these misconceptions will bring us one step closer to fixing the issue. This Youth Homelessness Matter Day, I encourage everyone to get involved in your community, host an event, run a campaign or make a donation to help young homeless people out of poverty and back into society.
Father Chris Riley
CEO and founder at Youth Off The Streets
The most common cause of youth homelessness ... is domestic and family violence.