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People experiencing homelessness are not a static group; homelessness is a "revolving-door phenomenon:. It estimated that, over the course of a year between 2.3 and 3.5 million people will experience homelessness, of which between 900,000 and 1.4 million will be children. The main cause for homelessness is the lack of affordable housing. While this lack alone is often enough to cause homelessness, when combined with other factors such as low wags, unemployment, domesitc violence, illness, mentla health issuesm,and addiction, the risk of experiencing homelessness increases dramatically. Unaccompanied youth are not in the physical custody of a parent of guardian. The primary causes of homelessness among unaccompanied youth are physical and sexual assault abuse by a parents or guardian, neglect, parental substance abuse, and family conflict. (NCHE)
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