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National Homeless Youth Awareness Month

Updated: Nov 8, 2021

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, where we acknowledge and raise awareness of the problems faced by youth, families, and individuals at risk and experiencing homelessness and food insecurity.

  • In January of 2020, there are 91,068 homeless students (youth aged 18-24) living in the state of Florida. Florida is ranked 5th for the largest homeless population in the United States.

  • One in ten young adults ages 18-25 and at least one in 30 adolescents ages 13-17, experience some form of homelessness unaccompanied by a parent or guardian over the course of a year.

  • 29% of homeless youth report having substance misuse problems

  • 69% of homeless youth report mental health problems

  • 33% had once been part of the foster care system

  • 50% of homeless youth have been in the juvenile justice system, in jail, or detention

  • 27% of LGBTQ+ youth who are homeless reported exchanging sex for basic needs compared to 9% of non-LGBTQ+ youth who reported having to exchange sex for basic needs.

The pandemic that spread across the globe has only amplified the national housing crisis and food insecurity in this country. Experiencing homelessness and food insecurity can cause a decline in one’s mental health, physical, and emotional health. Instability can impact an adolescent’s educational development and well-being because they cannot perform their normal routine. Along with losing their house, adolescents and youth lose their community, sense of safety, and even their friends. Without a home to go to, many youths are exposed to countless threats while surviving on the streets.

If you or anyone you may know is experiencing homeless, here are a few resources for meal sites and shelters to offer.


  • Salvation Army

1514 N. Florida Ave Tampa, FL 33602


  • Cove Behavioral Health

3630 N. 50th St Tampa, FL 33619


  • ACTS

6806 N. Nebraska Ave Tampa, FL


  • Metropolitan Ministries

2002 N. Florida Ave Tampa, FL 33602


  • Mary and Martha House

1009 SW 1st St Ruskin, FL


Meal Sites/Food boxes

  • Tampa Bay Harvest

9430 Lazy Ln Tampa, FL 33614

  • Feeding Ministries Global Nonprofit Inc.

1254 Channelside Dr, Tampa FL


  • Guided Path Foundation

8307 N. Armenia Ave Tampa, Fl 33604


  • Tampa Jewish Family Services

13009 Community Campus Dr Tampa, Fl 33625


  • Metropolitan Ministries

Holiday registration link:

  • Feeding Tampa Bay

If you or anyone you may know is interested in volunteering during this holiday season, here are some organizations who are in need of volunteers for the holidays.

  • Metropolitan Ministries

o Seasonal opportunities link:

  • Catholic Charities

o 813-631-4398

  • St. Vincent St. Paul

o 813-977-7057

  • Feeding Tampa Bay

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