One in 10 young American adults experienced some form of homelessness in the previous year, with nearly 3.5 million people aged 18 to 25 sleeping in shelters and cars, according to a new national survey.
The study by Chapin Hall, a youth policy center at the University of Chicago, also found that at least one in 30 teenagers aged 13-17 experienced homelessness over the same period.
The study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, polled more than 26,000 young people and their families across the country to gauge how many of them had been homeless during that period.
Minorities at greater risk
The survey identified college students, graduates and employed young people who struggled to find a permanent place to stay. It also found that homelessness was no less prevalent in rural areas than in urban locations, and that certain groups, including African-Americans, Hispanics, as well as those who do not complete high school, are at…