YouthHope Foundation is an independent, certified, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. The organization was established in 2009 to build confidence and promote self-sufficiency for homeless, runaway, and underserved youth, ages 14-24 by providing trust, hope, support and education. Our mission is to be a support system for these youth so that they may grow to be healthy, successful adults that exit street life.
YouthHope is located in Redlands, California and provides services to youth residing in the City of Redlands and from the surrounding areas of the Inland Empire.
Redlands Statistics – Youth Homeless Population
The target population served by YouthHope Foundation is one of the communities’ most vulnerable. Many of the youth we serve are victims of insufficient family structure, violence, aging out of the foster care system, drug addiction, and homelessness. YouthHope case managers recently surveyed 276 of the youth attendees. Of these:
29% were homeless and living on the streets
34% were abused as youth children
19% were in the foster care system
37% have parents with drug or alcohol substance abuse problems
76% were classified as low-income
3,666 homeless children were registered in Kindergarten to 12th grade and
1,602 homeless youth were registered in 7th-12th grade in the Redlands Unified School District in the 2010-2011 school year.
National Statistics – Youth Homeless Population
1.7 million (approx.) homeless teens in the United States
39% of the homeless population are youth under 18 years of age
5,000 youth die every year due to assault, illness, or suicide while living on the streets
46% of homeless youth left their homes due to physical abuse
17% left due to sexual abuse
40% (approx.) of homeless youth identify as LGBT
50% or more of youth in shelters and homeless on the streets report that their parents either told them to leave or knew they were leaving and did not care
14.7 years of age is the average age youth become homeless
1 in 7 young people between the ages of 10 and 18 years old will run away
Youth ages 12 to 17 are more likely to become homeless than adults
These statistics were provided by the National Coalition for the Homeless, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Safe Horizon, nn4youth.org, and ncsl.org.
Please consider making a donation to YouthHope to help end the cycle of youth homelessness.