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Boston succeeds in reducing youth homelessness

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There has been a 44% drop in youth homelessness since 2019, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s office said.

Boston has seen a significant decrease in youth homelessness in the three years since receiving $4.7 million in federal funding to address young adult homelessness.

There has been a 44% drop in youth homelessness, defined as unaccompanied people aged 18 to 24, compared to the number of young people homeless overnight from 2019 to 2022, the report said. office of Boston Mayor Michelle Wu.

During that time, Boston has housed more than 500 youth and added 277 housing units, an increase from just 40 units when the initiative launched in 2019, city officials said.

Wu said statistics show it’s possible to make Boston “a city for everyone,” while noting that the lack of affordable housing remains the city’s “most pressing challenge.”

The plan was launched under former Mayor Martin J. Walsh at a time when the city estimated that about 325 people under the age of 24 were living in shelters or on the streets. This month, 106 single young adults were sleeping in municipal shelters or outside, The Boston Globe reported.

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