Needs We Address

Every youth comes to Haven House with their own unique story. Their journeys may be different, but along the way the youth we serve have encountered many of the same challenges.

Some are homeless.  Others are in-crisis due to difficult family situations, problems at school, and/or mistakes they have made.  Many have a history of trauma, abuse, or neglect. Few have positive adult role models to help youth navigate obstacles or provide them with a safety net. But no matter the path that leads youth to us, at Haven House we will do whatever it takes to help each youth identify their goals, overcome challenges, and build the skills and get the resources needed to be safe, supported, and successful.

Below are a few local, state, and national statistics that illustrate some of the physical, social, emotional, and socio-economic issues that the youth we serve are facing:

Youth Homelessness Increasing Locally

In the 2021-2022 school year, 4,747 school-age youth in Wake County were identified as homeless, an increase of 73% over the last eight years. In January of 2020, the Wake County Continuum of Care Point-in-Time data showed that 11% of the homeless people in Wake County were youth 18-24. The PIT also showed a 68% increase since last year and a 99.5% increase since 2020. (, 7/28/22) (Wake County CoC PIT, 2022)

Housing Costs Continue to Skyrocket

The cost of housing (including rentals) in Wake County continues to skyrocket. The hourly wage required to afford a 2 bedroom at fair market rent is $23.52. About 3 full-time jobs at minimum wage would need to be obtained to afford it. (Out of Reach 2022, NC)

Children Living in Poverty

Families can easily end up in poverty when things like mortgage, rent, food, and emergency funds hold a lot of weight. Every one in four children in Wake county are living in poverty. In 2021, there were an estimated 26,641 people ages 0-17 living in poverty in Wake County NC. (FRED Economic Data, 2021)

Homeless Youth at Higher Risk of Human Trafficking

Research from numerous studies have found trafficking rates among youth and young adults experiencing homelessness ranging from 19% to 40%. LGBTQ youth and youth who have been in foster care experience trafficking at higher rates than other youth experiencing homelessness. 68% of youth who had been trafficked had done so while being homeless. (National Network for Youth,

Youth of Color Overrepresented in Juvenile Justice System

Due to historical and structural racism, Black youth are more likely to become involved in the juvenile justice system compared to white youth. While Black youth make up 16 percent of all youth in the general population, they represent 30 percent of juvenile court referrals, 38 percent of youth in residential placement, and 58 percent of youth admitted to state adult prison (

Youth Suicide on the Rise in NC

Suicide is the second cause of death in youth ages 10-18, and the third cause of death in those ages 19-34. (NCDHHS, 2023) In 2021, 22% of North Carolina high school students seriously considered committing suicide in the 12 months prior. 18% made a plan to attempt suicide, and 10% attempted suicide. (2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey)

Bullying at School

Bullying effects all youth, ones who are bullied, and the ones who are bullying, and the effects of bullying can carry into adulthood. 42.6% of middle school students and 18.9% of high school students statewide say they have been bullied at school. (2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey). 14% of high school students were bullied at school, and 28% were electronically bullied. (2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey)

Youth Mental Health Worsening

In a comparison between students who were physically active and if they felt sad or hopeless, 43% of high school students felt sad or hopeless and some were not doing at least 60 minutes of physical activity over a 5-day span. 35% of middle school students felt sad or hopeless, but 44% were engaged in some physical activity. (2022 Youth Risk Behavior Survey)

High Youth Unemployment

A national study of payroll data by Gusto, an online payroll platform, showed that young people have been particularly hard hit by unemployment as a result of COVID-19, with those under 25 experiencing a 93% higher rate of job loss than peers who are 35 and older (USA Today, 5/4/2020). Young adults ages 16 to 24 have higher unemployment than other age groups. In July 2022, the unemployment rate was 8.5%. (