National Foster Care Month Comes To A Close
As National Foster Care Month comes to a close, it is a great time to reflect on the progress we have made as a youth service community and to look to the future to anticipate the work that WILL need to be done. June marks National LGBT Pride Month, and in light of this, it is important to note that research has shown that LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the foster care system – many having faced family rejection around their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. The Human Rights Campaign has created a wonderful and informative #FosterEquality campaign, which [Read further...]
Summary: HHS Final Rule Regarding Runaway & Homeless Youth Programs
Summary: HHS Final Rule Regarding Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs The addition of the new RHY (Runaway and Homeless Youth) Final Rule provides clarification and outlines additional requirements for Basic Center, Transitional Living and Street Outreach Programs. These changes build on existing requirements present in the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act and changes made via the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-378). The new rule provides opportunities to strengthen existing services for runaway and homeless youth across the United States. MANY reviewed the new rule and will provide resources and support as organizations make necessary changes to existing RHY [Read further...]
#OneOfMANY: Thoughts On Youth Services From Vermont
Pictured (Left to Right): Bethany Pombar (Director of VCRHYP) & Ari Kisler (Assistant Director of VCRHYP) #OneOfMANY: Thoughts On Youth Services From Vermont As part of our #OneOfMANY series, MANY is traveling all across the country, meeting with member organizations, talking about their programs, and identifying trends and issues that are happening in the youth services field across the country. We had the privilege of sitting down with one of our member organizations to talk more about their unique approach to their runaway homeless youth (RHY) work in Vermont.  Established in 1981, the Vermont Coalition of Runaway & Homeless Youth Programs (VCRHYP) is a coalition [Read further...]
Coordinated Entry and Assessment: Key Components in Creating Coordinated Community Responses to Ending Youth Homelessness
Communities across the country are taking a collective impact approach to youth homelessness by designing and piloting coordinated responses to ending youth homelessness. This includes early intervention, assessment, service provision and the cultivation of strong bases of evidence that can be used to refine and improve these efforts.  In June 2015 and again in September 2015 we gathered with youth providers (from 22 and 31 states respectively) to understand the current landscape, identify existing evidence, and begin to unearth promising innovations.  Two key takeaways from these gatherings emerged: Deeply coordinated community responses – integrated identification, assessment, service provision, and data [Read further...]
HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program – Webinar Recap
HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program – Webinar Recap HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) was published on August 22nd, 2016 and the application for funding is due on 11/30/2016. Yesterday, MANY and the National Network for Youth hosted a webinar to assist communities & sharpen their ability to effectively respond to HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). This webinar briefly reviewed key elements of the NOFA, the impact this NOFA could have on your community’s response to preventing and ending youth homelessness, and essential elements (such as youth participation and partnership with youth-serving [Read further...]
Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program – August 2016 Funding Announcement
August 2016 Funding Announcement: The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) is an exciting new initiative designed to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released a YHDP Notice of Funding Availability and encourages all communities, through their local Continuum of Care, to apply to become one of the communities selected to participate. HUD will select up to ten communities, four of which will be rural communities. The YHDP offers the following to the ten communities selected: $33 million dollars set aside for YHDP projects, where [Read further...]
Beyond New Shoes and Notebooks: Helping Youth Make the Most of the School Year
Beyond New Shoes & Notebooks: Back To School Suggestions for Organizations Who Work With Homeless Youth  It’s that time of year again. For many here in the Mid-Atlantic region, the sounds of cicadas trigger the rush to hit stores for school supplies and some sassy new outfits.  Getting ready for school means something different for everyone. For unaccompanied homeless youth, going back to school can bring questions and uncertainty.  There are many way that youth services providers can help the runaway and homeless youth they support in not only having a positive start but also a positive year in school. Attending A [Read further...]
BIGBURGH.com App Helps Those Experiencing Homelessness In Pittsburgh
BIGBURGH.com App Helps Those Experiencing Homelessness In Pittsburgh BIGBURGH.COM is a mobile-optimized web site that pulls together the services that can help those having a tough time (especially the homeless or those at risk of being homeless) and addresses some of the issues associated with homelessness in Pittsburgh. BigBurgh.com only services that are free, good and welcoming to those without an address. HOW THE “APP” WORKS The “app” opens with a “For You” dial, allowing the user to filter results by gender/age or Vets/family status. If the user wants to see it all, they can go directly to the “Services Dial.” There, [Read further...]
08/05/16: This Week in Nonprofit News Articles
This Week in Nonprofit News Articles   Grant/Funding Opportunity: AAUW’s Career Development Grants AAUW’s Career Development Grants provide assistance to women who, through additional higher education, technical training, or participation in professional development institutes, are making career changes, seeking to advance in current careers, or reentering the workforce. Read more »   Massachusetts Becomes First State Ever To Ban Employers From Asking For Salary Histories Massachusetts has leapfrogged over all other states to pass the most robust equal pay law in the country. Read more »   HUD: Veteram homelessness has declined 47% since 2010 Veteran homelessness has dropped nearly in half since 2010, thanks to partnerships and [Read further...]
Coordinated Community Responses to Ending Youth Homelessness  (Convening 3)
Coordinated Community Responses to Ending Youth Homelessness  (Convening 3) This is the March 2016 summary of MANY’s convening on Coordinated Community Responses to End Youth Homelessness. You can read prior convening summaries here: Convening 1 and Convening 2   March 2016 Convening Summary: Below is a summary of the focused discussion question and answers.  This portion of the agenda is an opportunity for members to pull information from their peers on past, current and future practices that could be helpful in addressing local challenges or pressure points.   Q: How are communities ensuring housing that is accessed by youth is developmentally [Read further...]