In 2002, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the U.S Department of Justice estimated that there are 1,682,900 homeless and runaway youth under eighteen years of age in the United States. Of this number, anywhere from 6 to 22% are pregnant. This means that there could potentially be almost 400,000 homeless and pregnant young women in this country.
Understanding the resources available and law applicable to young parents to assist them in finding adequate housing is one way to help address the problem of homlessness among adolescent parents in the United States today.
The American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law and Healthy Teen Network collaborated to develop an overview of housing-related legal policy issues with which advocates for young families should be familiar. This is merely a guide to some of the legal and policies avenues that are available for pregnant parenting teens seeking housing supports. It is not exhaustive and should not be construed as legal advice.
Some programs to obtain housing assistance include:
- Section 8
- Family Unification Program
- Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program
- Maternity Group Homes
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
- Transitional Housing
- Extended Support for Foster Youth
The guide provides details about each program and provides other information regarding finding housing for youth.
To view the full document click below:
For more resources from Health Teen Network visit their website: www.healthyteennetwork.org