Leaving and running away from home might be the only option you're thinking about right now. You may be having a tough time with your parents, under a lot of pressure fitting in, or having problems in school. You also might have a friend that is thinking about running away from home and you want to help them. It's also possible that you have already ran away from home and want to seek help and don't know what to do or expect.

Questions that you may want to ask yourself before running away:

  • What else can I do to improve my living situation before I leave?
  • What would make me stay at home?
  • How will I survive on my own?
  • Is running away safe?
  • Who can I count on to help me?
  • Am I being realistic about the situation?
  • Have I given this enough thought?
  • What are my other options and alternatives?
  • If I end up in trouble, who will I call?
  • When I return home, what will happen?

Did you know....

Many causes of homelessness among youth fall into three inter-related categories: family problems, economic problems and residential instability/transition. While the youth may have their own reasons for running away, family conflict is the primary reason why youth leave home.

  • Youth age 12 to 17 are more at risk of homelessness than adults
  • Estimates of the number of pregnant homeless girls are between 6 and 22 percent
  • Between 20 and 40 percent of homeless youth identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning (GLBTQ)

In our own backyard

Hawaii has the third highest rate of homelessness in the US. Of these homeless individuals, 45% are children.

  • Statewide, 12-15,000 people are homeless at some point of the year.
  • At least 6,000 are homeless at any given day.
  • Children make up 23.5-39% of the homeless.

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