ERIC Number: ED390960
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Minnesota Statewide Survey of Persons without Permanent Shelter. Volume II: Unaccompanied Youth.
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, St. Paul, MN.; Wilder Research Center, St. Paul, MN.
This report and its companion, volume I, provide a snapshot of people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota. The information in this volume, which focuses on unaccompanied youth, is intended as a resource for planners, policymakers, service providers, and others addressing the problems associated with homelessness. On October 27, 1994, trained volunteers conducted interviews with 114 homeless youth (44 males and 70 females) aged 11 through 17 years unaccompanied by adults. Key findings were that, on a given night, approximately 500 unaccompanied youth in Minnesota are without permanent shelter, and over the course of a year, nearly 10,000 Minnesota youth experience at least one episode of homelessness. Since 1991 the percentage of homeless youth enrolled in secondary schools has declined from 79% to 52%, and the percentage of homeless youth in need of medical services has risen from 19% to 31%. Younger homeless youth are less likely to receive governmental assistance than homeless young adults aged 18 and over. Youth experiencing homelessness are nearly three times more likely to have been sexually or physically abused and six times more likely to report that they have no close friends. Homeless youth are also much more likely to be members of minority groups. (Contains 146 tables and 32 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Minnesota State Dept. of Economic Security, St. Paul.; Minnesota State Dept. of Human Services, St. Paul.
Authoring Institution: Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, St. Paul, MN.; Wilder Research Center, St. Paul, MN.
Identifiers: Minnesota; Unaccompanied Minors
Note: Additional support provided by the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency and the Family Housing Fund of Minneapolis and St. Paul. For volume I, see UD 030 763.