No. Children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness need access to much more than just housing in order to exit homelessness permanently, maintain housing stability, and achieve health and well-being. Transitional housing and other housing models coupled with trauma-informed supportive services are desperately needed to help youth and families meet their crisis needs, stabilize, access to education and employment, and ultimately exit homelessness for good. Youth and families have many additional needs, including transportation, access to high-quality child care, case management, therapeutic and mental health services.
Most youth experiencing homelessness are unable to access rental assistance with many not even legally able to sign a lease and with others finding it very difficult to locate a landlord willing to rent to a teenager or young adult. Further, most young people, and many young parents, do not become homeless because they are evicted, but rather due to severe family conflict, abuse, rejection of sexual orientation and/or gender identity, as well as exits from systems to homeless, are why young experience homelessness on their own.