Life on the Street Is Hard
This homeless girl on a sidewalk in Manhattan reflects the reality that youths age 12 to 17 are at higher risk for homelessness than are adults. Available data show that 12 percent of runaway and homeless youths spend at least one night outside in a park. on a street. under a bridge or overhang, or on a rooftop. Seven percent of youths in runaway and homeless shelters and 14 percent of youths on the street surveyed In 1995 reported having traded sex for money. food, shelter, or drugs in the previous 12 months. Other means of survival indude shelters and soup kitchens, panhandling. and stealing.