Youth homelessness is the most striking trend worldwide

by Beatrice Credi - 2016.12.08

The European Observatory on Homelessness has called the increase in homeless youth the most striking trend in homeless demographics worldwide. The Department of Justice in the US estimates over 1.9 million teens experience homelessness in the US each year. In Canada, approximately 35,000 youth are homeless annually, while UK sources report at least 83,000 youth were homeless in the UK in 2014. FEANTSA Youth, along with organisations in Europe and a collaborative group of organisations from Canada are publishing 'Youth Rights! Right Now! Ending Youth Homelessness: A Human Rights Guide.’ This Guide, which grounds strategies to end youth homelessness in international human rights law, will be published to mark international Human Rights Day on 10 December 2016. The guide, based on research, consultations, input from youth and the expertise of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, Ms. Leilani Farha, argues that all young people have a fundamental, legal right to be free of homelessness and to have access to adequate housing.

Published in Homelessness.
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