Oregon has the highest rate of unaccompanied, unsheltered youth in the nation. Meanwhile, the support systems for people experiencing homelessness are underfunded and often neglect the unique needs of people living on the streets who are barely out of high school. Without family or trusted adults to turn to, young people experiencing homelessness in Oregon are learning it’s up to them to take care of themselves.
The research led by Oregon Health & Science University finds that half of the treatment facilities surveyed nationally required an up-front payment averaging more than $28,000, and only a few facilities provide free service to people on Medicaid.
Oregon has fewer beds available for youth with the most serious psychiatric needs than it did 20 years ago. The investments will go to four projects adding new psychiatric residential treatment beds, the governor says.
In a study released Thursday by The Trevor Project, researchers found that Indigenous LGBTQ2S+ youth face disproportionate rates of mental health struggles including suicidal thoughts, anxiety and depression.
Students from across the state — including Portland, Bend, Florence and Salem — will be protesting for meaningful climate action on Friday. Youth organizers in each city have set demands specific to their communities as well as general demands across the state.