The Federal Government has set a goal to end youth homelessness by the year 2020. That’s a big goal, and it’s one that advocates and agencies alike are taking seriously.
Here are some key ways we’re collaborating with the Federal Government to end youth homelessness:
National Youth Forum on Homelessness
Youth leadership is essential to our work to end youth homelessness. We know that strategies are more successful when they’re generated by youth and young adults themselves. The National Youth Forum on Homelessness (NYFH) collaborates with leaders to ensure that our national movement is informed by and filtered through the perspectives of young people who have experienced homelessness. NYFH members are working on some big initiatives, like the…
Youth Homelessness Demonstration Projects
In January, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $33 million in funding to 10 communities committed to ending youth homelessness. Over the next three years, these communities will build comprehensive systems to end youth homelessness. NYFH members not only helped select these communities from applications across the country, but are also providing technical assistance to community leaders as they begin implementing their plans. NYFH is also working on the…
100-Day Challenges to End Youth Homelessness
Last year, Austin, Cleveland, and Los Angeles completed the first-ever 100-Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness, organized by A Way Home America and the Rapid Results Institute. The 100-Day Challenge is designed to stimulate community collaboration, innovation, and execution in pursuit of an ambitious goal. Check out some of the results from last year’s challenge.
This year, the 100-Day Challenge is back. Washington State is currently nearing the finish line of its own challenge, having housed over 500 young people in the past 90 days, and even more communities have stepped up to the plate. NYFH members will be following these communities, reporting on the work being done on the ground. Here are the 5 communities taking the 100 Day Challenge this summer.
LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative
A partnership between the True Colors Fund and five federal agencies, the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative is helping us identify strategies to ensure that no young person is left without a home because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Over the past two years, we’ve been working with leaders in Harris County, TX and Hamilton County, OH to develop and implement community-wide strategies to prevent LGBTQ youth homelessness. Now, these strategies are being evaluated to determine what lessons can be learned and shared to help other communities can undertake similar projects.
State Index on Youth Homelessness
In partnership with the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, we’re surveying all 50 states on their responses to youth homelessness. We’ll be providing each state with a report that analyzes the work being done, details the specific challenges facing youth in each state, and offers recommendations for change.
We’re excited about the work of our partners, too:
- In addition to organizing the 100-Day Challenge, A Way Home America is launching a community dashboard to measure progress being made in communities across the country.
- Chapin Hall’s Voices of Youth Count initiative is working to find a reliable national estimate of the number of youth experiencing homelessness in America today.
- The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is providing criteria and benchmarks to give policymakers, activists, and communities specific goals and guidance as we work to end youth homelessness.
Want to learn more?
For more information on these projects and other awesome initiatives from our federal and national partners, check out this new resource from USICH. Wanna get involved? We’ll be talking about all this and more at the 40 to None Summit this October.