Who are they, how did they become homeless, and what keeps them from getting a job and moving on with their lives?

Mid Florida Homeless Coalition in collaboration with organizations throughout the four counties it serves continue educate the communities about these facts and many more.

Did you know that “unaccompanied homeless youth are youth experiencing homelessness while not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. These youth live in a variety of unsafe, temporary situations, including cars, parks, the homes of other people, shelters, and motels. Most of these young people have left home due to severe family dysfunction, including abuse and neglect. Studies have found that 20-40% of unaccompanied homeless youth were abused sexually in their homes, while 40-60% were abused physically. Over two-thirds of unaccompanied homeless youth report that at least one of their parents abuses drugs or alcohol.” “Unaccompanied Homeless Youth.” N.p., Web. n.d.

“A record number of American women are now the sole or primary breadwinners in their families” Associated Press. “Moms now breadwinners in 40 percent of families.” Citrus County Chronicle, 29 May 2013. Along with this trend, we are seeing an increase in the number of single women with children that are without housing.

Do you have a group or organization that would like to learn more about those without homes and how you can be a part of the solution? Please contact us and let us share this information with you.