30% of Expectant and Parenting Teens Experienced Homelessness in FY 2012
The Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy is proud to share our new report: Living on the Edge: The Conflict and Trauma that Lead to Teen Parent Homelessness. Our report presents first of its kind research on teen pregnancy, homelessness and commercial sexual exploitation. We found that 30% of expectant and parenting teens in Massachusetts experienced homelessness in fiscal year 2012. Also, 9% of expectant and parenting teens who have experienced homelessness have experienced commercial sexual exploitation, as compared to 3% of the overall teen parent population captured in our survey.
The report exposes the cascade of trauma experienced by many teen parents. For example, nearly 60% of teen parents who experienced homelessness had experienced emotional or physical abuse or neglect by a caregiver. However, we also have found that traumatized parenting teens hold tremendous promise and are motivated by their children to change the course of their life stories. This report will help us improve how our state prevents and addresses trauma, teen pregnancy and homelessness among our vulnerable young families. We hope you will read and share the report.