Study: 30 percent of teen parents from Mass. were homeless in 2012


BOSTON ( -- A group advocating for the prevention of teen pregnancy has authored a report suggesting that 30 percent of pregnant or parenting teens in Mass. were homeless over the past fiscal year.

The report released by the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy also found that 40 percent of all teens who were homeless in Mass. during 2012 were also pregnant.

According to the report, 46 percent of the overall teen parent population had been physically or emotionally abused or neglected by a care giver, compared to 59 percent of teen parents who were homeless. The Alliance on Teen Pregnancy claims 27 percent of homeless teen parents had been sexually abused, while 9 percent experienced commercial sexual exploitation.

State Senator Barry Finegold was scheduled to host the alliance as they shared a briefing on the report at the State House Tuesday morning. The alliance says their report underscores "the importance of shelter for very low income homeless teen families" at a time when welfare debates are on cure for Mass. lawmakers.

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