Youth Issues

Youth Homelessness is a national Crisis! 

This is of great concern to our organization and we will make every attempt to restore these youths back to safety. We work closely with the Brunswick County Schools, and Social Services via the Mckinney-Vento Homeless Education Act, in hopes of meeting the needs of the homeless youths attempting to finish school. We currently have setup 3 clothing closets for the needy children in BC Schools, we also distribute food backpacks, hygiene products, new socks upon request.

Children and youth in homeless situations often do not fit society's stereotypical images.  For example, many children who are homeless are very young; in fact, 50% of children living in homeless shelters are under the age of five.  In addition, emergency shelters in urban areas cannot meet the rising need for temporary housing, turning away many. Rural areas like Brunswick County often have no shelters at all.

As a result of the lack of shelter, most students in homeless situations share housing with friends or relatives (couch surfing), stay in abandoned cars, live on the streets, abandoned buildings,  in the woods and campgrounds.
Homeless youth are individuals under the age of 18 who lack parental, foster or institutional care.  They are sometimes referred to as "unaccompanied" youth.  Consider the following facts:

2.9 million teens run away from home each year in the U.S.

1.8 million youth have slept on the streets in the last 12 months

12-17 year olds are at more risk of homelessness that adults. 

1/3 of homeless youth are lured into prostitution within 48 hrs. of leaving home

Homeless teens are 5-6 times more likely to be raped or assaulted than other teens

Homeless youth are 20 times more likely to use crack cocaine

42% of homeless youth have attempted suicide at least once

56% of homeless youth report being physically abused

2/3 of homeless youth have witnessed a stabbing, shooting, rape or murder

Almost 2/3 of homeless youth have witnessed domestic violence

The prevalence rate for substance use disorders among homeless youth are 85%

District Homeless Liason Brunswick County Schools

Joyce M. Beatty (910) 253-2900  Ext. 1043

National Runaway Switchboard                      

National Safe Place                                         

National Network for youth                             

Brunswick County Social Services 
(910) 253-2077

Providence Home 
Residential Homeless Teens                                                 
(910) 457-0440  - Southport

Behavior Health for Ages 12-17 (Psychiatric / Residential)
2050 Mercantile Dr., Leland, NC 
72-beds     (910) 371-2500

If you are a runaway youth in crisis and need immediate assistance, please text the word SAFE and your current location (address, city) to 69866. You will receive a message with the closest Safe Place location, youth shelter or the National Runaway Switchboard hotline number (1-800-Runaway). Reply with “2chat” to text interactively with a mental health professional for more help.