Are the Hurdles Too High? To be Young, Male, and Homeless in America

Are the Hurdles Too High? To be Young, Male, and Homeless in America

November 20, 2013 | by Yu Sun Chin, Alissa Zhu | The Chicago Bureau

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This Chicago Bureau article focuses on the approximately 1.1 million homeless youth in the United States. Due to the pressures of deep poverty and the structure of government funding for homeless shelters, young men are often forced to split up from their families. Young, homeless men are often assumed to be associated with violence, exacerbating the already difficult process of finding shelter and resources.

This Chicago Bureau article focuses on the approximately 1.1 million homeless youth in the United States. Due to the pressures of deep poverty and the structure of government funding for homeless shelters, young men are often forced to split up from their families. Young, homeless men are often assumed to be associated with violence, exacerbating the already difficult process of finding shelter and resources. In an effort to end homelessness, Chicago has invested $2.5 million into increasing services for homeless adults and youth. In addition to monetary investments, policies and programs must also work to eliminate the discrimination that young, homeless men face in the shelter system and job market.