Homelessness has become a pressing problem for a large number of young populace in New Hampshire. Children as young as 18 years of age are living on streets trying to feed themselves without any kind of family support. Often it is seen that young adults who are parents themselves are finding it hard to rent a place to stay and employment for them has become a distant dream. Furthermore, the numbers of homeless adolescents are on the rise and due to economic downturn jobs have become low paying and very less jobs are accessible.
The large numbers of homeless youth are vulnerable to alcohol problems. Approximately 45 percent of the homeless youths are alcohol addicted and 50 percent are drug addicted. Furthermore, 45 percent of the homeless youths are suffering from mental health problems and 20 percent have experienced abuse at a tender age. These youths do not have the amenities to attend school and even if some of them do attend most of them are expelled or dropped from high school. It has also been reported that youths who attend school are unable to learn quick because of emotional trauma which has resulted from a history of child abuse and neglect.
It is only natural that these homeless youths do not get adequate sleep while they move from place to place. This also affects their health and their concentration power in school drops which finally leads to high number of school drop-outs. Without proper education they are incapable of finding any job. Their lack of knowledge also leads them to the path of unprotected sex and they contract sexually transmitted diseases which are life threatening. Homelessness is creating lots of problems for the youths of New Hampshire to sustain their life.