The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released a report entitled Adolescent Well-Being after Experiencing Homelessness, available for downloading at https://aspe.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/205256/adolescents.pdf.
The report, based on data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Family Options Study, provides a descriptive analysis of the experiences of the study’s 791 focal children.
Key findings of the report include:
Twenty months after staying in a homeless shelter with their families, most adolescents continue to live with their families. Many of these families were still experiencing housing instability or were living in overcrowded conditions at rates higher than other low-income families.
- Adolescents in families with recent experiences of homelessness were much more likely to have changed schools or been absent from school than their peers nationally at all income levels.
- Among these adolescents with recent stays in homeless shelters, the persistence of housing instability was also associated with moving from school to school.
- Recently homeless adolescents who changed schools frequently had slightly lower grades, less motivation, and slightly more problem behaviors than those who did not.
- Adolescents with recent experiences of homelessness generally exhibited more problem behaviors than their peers nationally across all income levels.