Slim job openings, limited money to pay for school, and a tough housing market create a perfect storm of instability that many young Americans are walking straight into. With parents that have been similarly effected, young people aged anywhere from 18-25 are looking for a place to turn, and in some instances, the only place left are the streets. A recent New York Times article entitled “After Recession, More Young Adults Are Living on Street”, interviews a few young homeless people in Seattle that have found themselves in a tough spot. A few even have jobs but the limited income does not allow enough for rent. Luckily, Seattle is one of the few cities that have homeless centers specifically for young adults in the 18-25 age bracket. Although they provide as much assistance as they can, they cannot help everyone.
Young adulthood is a trying time, and a time when homelessness may be more prevalent than originally thought. Young people fresh out of high school or college most often times have little savings, experience, or connections necessary to help dig themselves out of the hole of homelessness. This is why the continued support for homeless shelters is paramount, and another reason why I am so drawn to help fight homelessness. It is a concern facing my peers and my generation. I think it is important for young people everywhere to hear and understand the struggles of fellow Millennial’s and to help out in whatever capacity they can. The idea of young, homeless Americans is a sad story. It becomes even more sad when you realize that most of these kids want to prove themselves, and show their value. Seattle is doing it right. Other cities with a young homeless population should take note.
If you would like to read more please check out the following:
Voices of a Lost Generation Blog
New York Times Article and video: “After Recession, More Young Adults Are Living on Street”
By Erik Cannon