Youth make up a staggering portion of Central Florida's homeless population. In Florida there are 95,167 students who experienced homelessness. Nearly 8,000 were homeless living without the care of an adult or family member.
Without proper resources, or traditional life skills, many will fail to become self-sufficient. A shocking 20% of young adults aging out of foster care will immediately become homeless on their 18th birthday!
Many will turn to substance abuse, or enter the criminal justice system and less than 3% will earn any type of college degree. Many flee from their families because of instability at home, which is often fueled by abuse or parental drug addiction.
Currently, only a handful of independent living programs exist in the state of Florida for aged-out youth. With nearly 1,000 foster care youth aging-out each year in Florida, the need for additional services is great.
There are easily over 400 young adults in Central Florida alone that have no place to sleep. There are less than 50 beds available in Central Florida specifically serving young adults (ages 13 to 24).
Like other young adults, youths aging out of foster care deserve to celebrate their 18th birthdays with excitement for the future, not fear of homelessness.
Your support will bring hope to those at-risk young adults in need in Central Florida. You can help bring hope by donating today!