In 2002, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the U.S. Department of Justice estimated that there are 1,682,900 homeless and runaway youth under eighteen years of age in the United States. Of this number, anywhere from 6 to 22% are pregnant. This means that there could potentially be almost 400,000 homeless and pregnant young women in this country. Understanding the resources available and law applicable to young parents to assist them in finding adequate housing is one way to help address the problem of homelessness among adolescent parents in the United States today. The American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law and Healthy Teen Network collaborated to develop this overview of housing-related legal and policy issues with which advocates for young families should be familiar. (Author abstract)
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Helping Pregnant and Parenting Teens Find Adequate Housing.