The Next Step, Inc.

Helping Youth Step Into Their Future

  1. 564,708 people in the U.S. are homeless. According to a recent report, over half a million people were living on the streets, in cars, in homeless shelters, or in subsidized transitional housing during a one-night national survey last January. Of that number, 206,286 were people in families, 358,422 were individuals, and a quarter of the entire group were children.

  1. 550,000 unaccompanied, single youth and young adults under the age of 24 experience a homelessness episode of longer than one week. Approximately 380,000 of that total are under the age of 18. Accurately counting homeless children and youth is particularly difficult. The National Alliance to End Homelessness explains, “Homeless youth are less likely to spend time in the same places as homeless people who are in an older age range. They are often less willing to disclose that they’re experiencing homelessness or may not even identify as homeless. They also may work harder to try to blend in with peers who aren’t homeless.”

OKLAHOMA (Oklahoma State Department of Education Federal Program)
In the 2016 - 2017 10,442 students received assistance from the McKinney Vento program. 9326: Doubled up in other households, 107: Unsheltered, 220: In hotels/Motlels.  Included are 684 Unaccompanied youth.

LAWTON, OK (McKinney Vento Federal Program - Lawton Public Schools)
In the 2017 - 2018 School Year there were 856 identified homeless children and youth from PreK to High School.  In 2015 - 2016 There were 764 students identified.  Included in that number were 250 high school students of which 96 were unaccompanied. 

In the 2016 - 2017 School year Next Step assisted 19 youth with housing.  

  • Not having the necessary documents to obtain state issued identification
  • Not having a stable place to receive mail
  • At the age of 19 they are no longer eligible for Soonercare Medical coverage
  • Resorting to staying in places that are not safe to include strangers, abonded houses, and other life threatening situations
  • Having a higer risk of law enforcement contact
  • At a higher risk of losing custody of their childen
  • Increased at risk behavior
  • Higher challenges with obtaining and maintaining employment
  • A need for supportive assistance with goal setting and life skills training 

MORE STATS (National Network 4 Homeless Youth)
•   50 to 56 percent youth reported mental health problems over their lifetime.
  • 75 percent of youth who engage in survival sex report only doing so while they are homeless
  • 32% of homeless youth have attempted suicide. 
  • According to the US Department of HHS, 61.8% of homeless youth reported depression, 71.7% reported experiencing major trauma such as           physical or sexual abuse, 79.5% experienced symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder for more than a month. 
  • According to the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, in 2014, 11-37% of former foster youth reported having experienced homeless and        1/4 to 1/2 experienced housing instability of some sort after aging out of the foster care system.

ANDREA WINSTEAD 580-397-6900