In the first four years after aging out of foster care, approximately 20% of former foster youth will experience homelessness.
61% of former foster youth experiencing homelessness are likely to be incarcerated compared to 46% of homeless youth who had never been in the child welfare system.
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AGING ON THE STREETS IS MORE COMMON THESE DAYS: Homeless people of all ages suffer from the effects of poor nutrition, limited health care access, and high stress levels. Homelessness poses specific health risks for elderly.
People with mental illness experience homelessness for longer periods of time and have less contact with family and friends. In general, 30-35% of those experiencing homelessness, and up to 75% of women experiencing homelessness, have mental illnesses.
Many veterans suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, an anxiety disorder that often occurs after extreme emotional trauma involving threat of injury. Causes of homelessness include: Disabilities, physical injury or mental illness. Substance abuse drug or alcoholism.