Pandemic Worsens ‘Already Fragile’ Situation For Homeless Youth And Young Adults
CHIT - CT Health I-Team
August 18, 2020
A new statewide survey by the Youth & Young Adult Taskforce of the Reaching Home Campaign found that 100% of the 25 respondents experiencing homelessness or housing instability reported a worsening of their situation post-pandemic. All under the age of 25, slightly more than 50% experienced eviction or are at risk for eviction, and 40% experienced family violence or physical abuse.
“This data is an important conversation starter in recognizing how the pandemic is affecting youth and young adults experiencing homelessness,” said Stacey Violante Cote, director of operations, Homeless Youth Advocacy Project, Center for Children’s Advocacy, and chair, Youth & Young Adult Taskforce of the Reaching Home Campaign. “What this small survey tells us is that COVID has worsened their already fragile and unsafe situation.”