A new report from PIRE estimates that between 1,200 and 2,300 youth are currently experiencing homelessness in Bernalillo County — that estimate includes anyone between the ages of 15 and 25.
“We’ve always known that youth homeless are the kind of people that lurk in our communities and we might not know them, and this really helps us understand who they are, what kind of services and types of services they offer. any help may be needed,” says Pierce.
The researchers discovered a number of common themes among respondents: young Native Americans, women, and those who identified as non-binary were more likely to have unstable housing. more determined than other demographics.
In addition, young people who are in the foster system, spend a night in prison or have children are also likely to face housing problems.
“Part of what we know, and this study is highlighting, is that adverse childhood experiences, ACEs,” says Pierce.
There are a number of reasons why teens and young adults may face homelessness, researchers say – including money problems, family problems, struggles with mental health, etc. However, they are bewildered because many people do not know where to seek help.
“It’s surprising how many kids we talk to that actually aren’t there, saying, ‘I don’t know where to look for resources, I don’t know things,'” said PIRE researcher Cathleen Willging. This is where we are,’” said Cathleen Willging, PIRE researcher.
Albuquerque city leaders admit there aren’t enough resources for youth with housing difficulties but say the research could help change that.
“What does the Homeless Coordinating Council, city, county, UNM need to take this data and say now? So that doesn’t mean we won’t respond to this data, we have to respond to it. this important material,” said Pierce.
https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/new-data-sheds-light-on-albuquerques-homeless-youth-population/6332742/?cat=500 New data sheds light on Albuquerque’s homeless youth population