Arizona's Homeless Youth Information...
• It is estimated that each day in Arizona 1,780 youth under 18 are on their own and homeless. In February 2004, only 78 youth under 18 were documented to be living in a motel, shelter or in transitional housing.
• In 2004, Arizona law enforcement agencies filed 5,534 arrest reports for runaways. The number of runaway reports annually has been slowly increasing over the past several years.
• In 2004, there were an estimated 59 beds known as emergency community beds that can serve homeless youth, as well as 66 transitional housing beds.
• According to the 2003 Homeless Youth Survey by the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Arizona’s homeless youth programs served a diverse population. For youth under age 18, 57 percent of the homeless youth served were white, not Hispanic; 26 percent were Hispanic; 11 percent were African American; and 5 percent were American Indian. The youth were slightly more likely to be female (56 percent).
• Half of the homeless youth under 18 receiving community-based services noted that they were abandoned or ran away from home.
• In 2007 the National Runaway Switchboard received 3,033 calls from runaways in the state of Arizona.
• In a survey of 250 homeless youth in Tucson, 32 percent indicated they had been physically abused as children and 58 percent noted they had experienced emotional or verbal abuse as children. Thirty percent of these children ran away from home because of problems and 29 percent were kicked out of their homes.
• Each year, an estimated 14,500 to 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States. The number of U.S. citizens trafficked within the country each year is even higher, with an estimated 200,000 American children at risk for trafficking into the sex industry. (U.S. Department of Justice. 2004. Report to Congress from Attorney General John Ashcroft on U.S. Government Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons in Fiscal Year 2003. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice.)