A Look At Youth Homelessness Ten Years After 2008 Recession
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released its 2018 Homeless Assessment Report Monday. According to the report, after years of decline, homelessness in the United States edged up in 2018 for the second year in a row. Locally, the City of Atlanta reports a decline in homelessness — but the number of veterans and families sleeping on the streets, rather than in shelters, is up.
Youth homelessness is also increasing, says Eric Wright, professor and chair of sociology at Georgia State University. As a medical sociologist, he has spoken with hundreds of homeless youth over the past several years. Wright joined "On Second Thought" in studio with their stories. Tammy Joyner, a reporter for the Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University, also joined the conversation. She's been around the Southeast reporting on youth homelessness for the Center's new series on homelessness and juvenile justice.