A new report on homeless youth in Rhode Island found at least 172 people between the ages of 18 and 24 using emergency shelters in 2015. The report comes from nonprofit Crossroads, a homeless services provider. Crossroads Director Karen Santilli said it’s difficult to track homeless young people.
“They are couch surfing, they are hanging out with friends, they’re finding places to stay in encampments, that are out, off the shelter system,” said Santilli. “So the fact that 172 came into the shelter system is high, but we know the numbers are higher than that.”