Most images of homeless people depict someone who is on drugs or who won’t work, resulting in losing their home and other belongings. In reality, about 34 percent of the homeless population are teenagers and young adults under the age of 24. Many children and teens are with other family members who are homeless. They live in shelters and in cars, trying to make it from one day to the next. However, there are some teens and young adults who run away from home or who have no parents to care for them, ending up living on the streets because there is nowhere else to live. A large number of these young adults turn to drinking and drugs to make money or to get through each day. Many of the teens who run away from home and end up homeless are among the LGBT community. They leave home because their parents don’t understand or won’t accept their decisions. Sometimes, parents tell their children to leave. There are also parents who simply don’t care where their children are, resulting in the children leaving and finding other means of living so that they don’t have to deal with the struggles at home.
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