MYTH: Homeless youth don’t want services.
FACT: Most youth do want help. They want to have a normal life, go to school, start a career, develop relationships. They just don’t know how with the limited resources available to them. Many services are difficult or impossible to access without a parent’s signature, proper identification, medical insurance, etc. Others have long waiting lists.
MYTH: Homeless youth want to be on the streets.
FACT: Most homeless youth leave their families because of abuse, neglect and violence not because they choose to, but because they must.
MYTH: Homeless youth are mostly criminals, use drugs and are bad kids.
FACT: Most homeless youth only turn to crime and drugs when all other options have failed them. Many are victims, not perpetrators
MYTH: Homeless youth are different than other kids.
FACT: Homeless youth are looking for the same things most kids want, a home, a stable life and enough resources to do the things they enjoy.
MYTH: There are not that many homeless youth.
FACT: 1.8 – 2.1 million youth are homeless in the United States each year.