Youth in Oklahoma City
Who are unaccompanied youth?
People under age 25 who aren’t sleeping in the same place as their parent or legal guardian
*Doesn’t include couch homeless youth
(temporarily staying with a friend, relative or acquaintance).
and are more likely to be
involved in or
-severe anxiety & depression
SOURCE: OKC POINT IN TIME 2020
It’s harder to count unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness because they often try not to be located. Youth experiencing homelessness typically do not access services due to lack of knowledge of or about them, apprehensions about mandated reporting to parents or guardians, or the perceived rules for accessing them.
Youth make up
of Oklahoma City's homeless population
Unaccompanied Homeless Youth in the United States
1 in 10
young adults ages 18-25 experienced a form of homelessness over a 12-month period.
That’s 3.5 million young adults. About half of them involved explicitly reported homelessness while the other half involved couch surfing only.
1 in 30
youth ages 13-17 experienced a form of homelessness over a 12-month period.
That’s about 700,000 youth. About three-quarters of them involved explicitly reported homelessness (including running away or being kicked out) and one-quarter involved couch surfing only.
SOURCE: VOICES OF YOUTH COUNT
LGBTQ+ Youth Homelessness
more likely to experience homelessness
than their non-LGBTQ+ peers.
The top reasons these young people are on the street are family rejection, conflicts at home, family poverty and lack of affordable housing
SOURCE: TRUE COLORS UNITED
LGBTQ+ youth may be exposed to homophobic attitudes among staff in shelters and discrimination and harassment from their peers. Hostile shelter situations may lead many LGBTQ+ youth to live on the streets. Once on the street, youth who identify as LGBTQ+ are three times more likely to engage in “survival sex”, exchanging sex for anything needed, than their heterosexual peers. Transgender youth are particularly vulnerable and are at much greater risk for exploitation, drug abuse, survival sex, and HIV.
SOURCE: THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
Sisu is proud to be a low barrier, LGBTQ+ affirming safe space for Oklahoma City's most vulnerable populations.