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What kind of challenges do the young people face after becoming homeless?

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Joey Ma
4 August 2021
What kind of challenges do the young people face after becoming homeless?

What kind of challenges do the young people face after becoming homeless?

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Wendy Liao
4 August 2021

You’re welcome.

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Joey Ma
4 August 2021

Thanks for your input.

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Wendy Liao
4 August 2021

After becoming homeless, young people face many challenges and adversities. Attending traditional schools becomes difficult while homeless; many young people do not graduate from high school and are unable to seek higher education degrees. Lacking not only education but also basic job-hire requirements, like identification cards, a mailing address, and clean clothes, makes seeking and acquiring formal employment challenging. With few opportunities for formal employment, many young people turn to informal means of making money. They may panhandle on the corner, sell stolen goods or drugs, or engage in sex in exchange for food or money. These alternative ways of generating income are termed survival behaviors, because young people engage in them to gain resources to survive on the streets; yet, such behaviors often place young people in precarious and dangerous situations. Furthermore, youth often find themselves without safe places to stay. Relying on strangers for help or sleeping in public spaces is risky. Homeless young people often experience discrimination, stigmatization, and marginalization from broader society, including harsh treatment or invisibility in their communities. These factors often result in homeless young people experiencing high rates of physical and sexual victimization at the hands of strangers and acquaintances

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