Pediatricians are in a prime position to identify and support youth experiencing homelessness in both clinic and hospital settings, and to respond to their myriad health needs. Youth homelessness can be invisible, as their common forms of homelessness, such as couch-surfing, can be challenging to accurately quantify, and thus most counts are considered to be underestimates.1,2  Surveys in this population have identified parental rejection as a primary driver of youth homelessness. It is not surprising, then, that youth homelessness disproportionally affects lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, questioning + (LGBTQ+) individuals, as well as racial and ethnic minorities and other structurally marginalized groups. Understanding the unique social barriers and health needs faced by this population is critical in designing clinically responsive programs as well as effective policy.

In this issue of Pediatrics, Deal and Gonzalez provide an analysis of Youth Risk Behavioral Survey data from...

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