photo by brtsergio via flickr. Note: this photo is not typical of shelters available to youth over…

Are You 18 and Homeless, Looking For Shelter? We Can Help.

photo by brtsergio via flickr. Note: this photo is not typical of shelters available to youth over 18.

Are you 18 and homeless, looking for help with housing or shelter? You have options, but you need to understand which facility is best for your needs.

Being homeless at the age of 18 may expand your housing options, but depending on the city, it may also limiting them as well. Generally speaking, there are 3 housing categories.

Youth shelters usually provide emergency housing for youth between the ages of 12 and 17.

Youth shelters/transitional living programs (TLPs) are generally geared towards those between the ages of 18 to 21 (in some cases up to 24).

Adult shelters are for those over the age of 18 (in some cases over 21).

If you are 18, you may feel more comfortable being around a population similar in age. Most large cities do have youth shelters that house youth between the ages of 18 and 21.

However, smaller cities or those with limited resources may only have adult shelters for those over 21. A majority of adult shelters require their residents to leave on a daily basis and sometimes there isn’t a guarantee that you’ll receive a bed the following night, even if you return when doors open. Most youth shelters for young adults don’t require for their residents to leave on a daily basis.

Many youth shelters will also offer TLPs, which are longer term housing programs for young adults. TLPs vary in range for the length of stay from 6 months to up to 24 months.

send us an email or use our chat function on our website 1800RUNAWAY.org to see what resources are available to you.

– Dyanne

 

 

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  • travon wilford

    hi my name is travon im 18 with two kids no job an is homeless what should i do?

  • candy

    i am 18 and pregnant and homeless, I live in Arizona and its very hot, I have no food, no money, no job, and again NO PLACE TO GO. I need help

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  • Raquel

    im 24, no kids, no money but i do work part time hours at zaxbys. i live in fairburn ga. im practically homeless.. i stay with my mom but she’s very reluctant on me staying here bc she didn’t ask me to come here (she didn’t but i have no place to go) i was living with my grandmother in 2010 to this year until her husband hit me and put his hands on me. He told me i had to go like i was the problem because of this i am where i am now. my dad just got of jail last year and he’s staying with his girlfriend, i didn’t ask to stay with him because it’s him. what should i do? some family i do talk to if i ask them they have excuses but they have family. i wouldnt be oblige to barge in.

  • Joey Lomeli

    I’m eighteen still trying to finish getting my high school diploma but I’m going to be homeless do to a series of drama and my sexual orientation. what do I do, I would like to finish school but not live on the streets.

  • santos

    hey im 18 and im jobless and homeless with no family or friends around to help. can you please help me find a option.

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    Please help me my name is manny im 18 and just found out im pregnant. I ranaway from home due to some issues and ended up bouncing from three different strangers home. In each home i was used and thrown out now im about to be homeless with child. I dont have a drivers liscence no family to help and no friends also no cash at all to my name. Please please help me im in omaha nebraska .

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    Hi im 18 and i need.a place

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  • Nate

    I have a Job, and recently 18, I’ve been having trouble with the family that’s been stress
    ing me out and can’t handle it any more. There’s just too many of us in a small trailer, I’m fine with the living style, my family is the problem, or maybe me…either way I want to move out, soon as I possibly can(tomorrow), tho I lI’ve out in a rural area far from the city, Im taking classes to get my G.E.D which right now I’m not being active on cause with my recent job im having less time to myself and its all new to me.

    My question is, what can I do to move out, I dont want to quit my job unless I know i can get a new one soon, I only make so much a week, but most of it goes towards savings for college I don’t wanna quit my dreams or even dely them either, what can I do on such a low budget and in a rural area that has shelters that are to far away from my job (forgot to mention I don’t have a car or know how to drive).

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    Hey my names Daniel and im 20 years of age, im having a house situation at the time, I have my highschool diploma and a nursing assistant certificate. I dont really have any family and the person im stay with now is having problems with his wife.. I really dont know what to do if it comes down to housing situations. Ive never had an apartment. And i really dont know how to house search.. Can you help?

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  • Wesley

    I’m 18 and just moved to Milton Keynes due to work I have work friends who let me stay with them every other night but finding it over crowded need help and advise ASAP

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  • Tavion Gardner

    Im 18 and ive been homeless since i was 15. i have dreams and want a future but not sure how to get where i need to be in life. Im tired of living on the streets and being almost thrown in human trafficing makes me really want to get off these streets. help what can i do? i dont wanna get into groups home bad experiences there

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  • Jada Simon

    Hi..I’m 18 and my mom doesn’t want me in her house anymore and I’m still in high school. I just move to Arcadia Florida with my mom and I don’t have anywhere to go or know anyone.

  • Rodney Pagan-Vera

    Hey im 18 and im not living with my parents anymore. I live in fort pierce and am leaving for the Military soon
    . I need a place to stay meanwhile
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    How can I get help like right now. I really don’t have anywhere to go…crying. I’m Jada from Arcadia Florida

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  • Gracie Grace

    I am 20 yrs old. I put my father in jail. I left my house and I looked for shelter at my friends house. I know I can’t stay there for long. I do not know what i can do to get help. I have a part time job. I don’t know how i can afford living on my own.

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