Generation homeless: The psychological toll on young people who have been forced out of their homes by the housing crisis.
In recent years, the number of Americans living in poverty has increased dramatically. Many families are struggling to pay rent and utilities while trying to provide for themselves and their children. This report explores how the current housing crisis affects young adults.
A generation of children growing up without a home.
Young adults are more likely than older generations to live with parents, siblings, or other relatives. However, as the number of young adults living at home decreases, so does the likelihood that these young adults will become independent. As a result, there are fewer opportunities for young adults to build relationships and establish financial stability.
Young people struggling with mental health issues.
In addition to the challenges of homelessness, young people face additional barriers to accessing mental health services. These barriers include stigma associated with mental illness, lack of access to care, and limited availability of treatment options.
Families torn apart by homelessness.
Young people who become homeless often lose contact with family members and friends. This separation can lead to feelings of loneliness, isolation, and loss of self-esteem. It also makes it harder for them to find stable housing and employment.
Children being taken into care.
In England, there were more than 100,000 children taken into care in 2016. Many of these children had experienced homelessness before entering care. A study published in 2017 found that children who became homeless while under the age of 11 were at greater risk of developing mental health issues later in life.
Parents unable to provide for their families.
Young people who become homeless often face additional challenges such as being bullied, having limited access to education, and struggling with substance abuse. These experiences can lead to feelings of isolation, low self-esteem, and even suicidal thoughts.