BOSTON (WWLP) - According to a new study released by the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy, 30% of pregnant and parenting teens in Massachusetts were homeless during the past year.
The research found that homeless teen parents were more likely to go into prostitution than other teen parents. 60% of them had also experienced some form of physical or emotional abuse, and about 30% of them reported sexual abuse.
Jasmin Colon, former homeless teen mom, told 22News, “Definitely the biggest challenge is just not having enough support. I didn't have my parent so it was just really hard to learn how to be a parent and to learn everything on my own in a new city.”
According to Elizabeth Peck, the Interim Exec. Director of Mass Alliance on Teen Pregnancy, “We need to make sure that appropriate shelter supports are in place, not only shelter, a place to go, but a place where they can get trauma-informed care.”
With these findings, teen parent advocates hope to secure more funding from the state for shelters for homeless teen parents, so they have more options and can escape their abusers.