Youth are mainly driven to the streets for reasons that are beyond their control and are forced into situations that are unsafe and threatening. There are clear patterns in the ways that youth become homeless and in their leaving the streets. For the most part, youth become homeless because they have no other choice. Reasons include: youth are kicked out of their homes; they flee situations of abuse; or they are released from foster care.
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The report Changing Patterns for Street Involved Youth was published by Public Interest in 2009.