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Need 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 2019-2020 school year, 4,527 school-age youth in Wake County were identified as homeless, an increase of 86% over the last nine years. The Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End Homelessness reported in September 2020 that there had been a 27% increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness in the last six months compared to six months prior to COVID-19 (ABC11.com, 9/15/2020).

Housing Costs Continue to Skyrocket

The cost of housing (including rentals) in Wake County continues to skyrocket. Working minimum wage, a Wake County worker would have to work 108 hours each week to afford a 1-bedroom apartment (Out of Reach 2020, NC).

Children Living in Poverty

Nearly 30% of children in Wake County live in poverty or low-income homes (NC Child, ncchild.org, 2021 Data Card).

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 (National Network for Youth, nn4youth.org).

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.gov).

Youth Suicide on the Rise in NC

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for children ages 10-17. According to the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics, the rate of youth suicide in NC has nearly doubled over the previous decade (NC Child, ncchild.org, NC Child Health Report Card 2019). In North Carolina, 9.7% of high school students attempted suicide in the past year (NC Child, ncchild.org, NC Child Health Report Card 2021).

Bullying at School

42.6% of middle school students and 18.9% of high school students statewide say they have been bullied at school. 21.3% of high school girls in North Carolina reported being bullied at school and 18.1% said they had been bullied electronically (2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey).

Youth Mental Health Worsening

36.3% of high school students in North Carolina reported that in the last year they felt sad or hopeless almost every day for 2 or more weeks in a row, and they stopped doing some usual activities (2019 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).