Reflections On NAEH 2018: The Path To The End of Youth Homelessness
Discovery Session Recap: Voices of Youth Count (VOYC) Study
The opportunity to leverage the national estimates brief combined with available local data to frame awareness and sustainable solutions to end youth homelessness resonated with members participating on the Discovery Session on the recently released Voices of Youth Count (VOYC) Study. Setting the context by reviewing the five key findings of the study, Matt Morton of Chapin Hall emphasized the hidden nature and fluidity of the experiences captured through surveys and in-depth interviews of youth over the course of 12 months. Listening to Matt’s presentation, I was startled at the rate of new incidents of youth experiencing homelessness. The study [Read further...]
Breaking: Results from Unprecedented National Survey on Unaccompanied Youth Homelessness
Led by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Voices of Youth Count is an initiative to understand, address and prevent youth homelessness. Chapin Hall, using its substantial research and policy assets, has conducted the most comprehensive research to date on youth homelessness, incorporating youth voices to develop achievable solutions. This research creates a foundation on which we can build solutions – effective policies and practices – to end homelessness for young people.  Today, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago released results from an unprecedented national survey on unaccompanied youth homelessness in the United States. The study, Missed Opportunities: [Read further...]
American Bar Association launches National Homeless Youth Legal Network
Homeless youth in the United States remain a largely invisible segment of the homeless population, though researchers estimate that nearly eight percent of youths experience living on the streets. The importance of legal assistance for youth experiencing homelessness is paramount, and commendably, the American Bar Association (ABA) is working to fill the gap. The ABA is recognized as a leader in addressing the legal needs of vulnerable populations, including homeless youth. Lawyers play a critical role in improving outcomes for homeless youth by enforcing existing laws as well as advancing new policy and removing legal barriers to benefits, education, employment, [Read further...]
A Village of Support for LGBTQI Youth
In the face of a long list of challenges, LGBTQI youth are extremely resilient.  When they experience harassment in schools, youth programs, and other “safe” places, they join together to support one another. We also see this resilience emerge for LGBTQI youth who have experienced rejection from their families. Even though LGBTQI youth who have experienced rejection from their families are: 8 times more likely to report having attempted suicide, Nearly 6 more times as likely to report high levels of depression, More than 3 times as likely to use illegal drugs, and 3 times as likely to be at [Read further...]
Got Data? Just Released Resources Share Data on Children and Youth Well-Being and Education
How are States doing when it comes to child well-being? Are children who are homeless graduating? Has the number of teen child births increased? Each year the Annie E Casey  Foundation updates its Kids Count compendium of state by state indicators of child wellbeing. Kids Count 2017 is released along with another data resource that examines graduation of homeless youth.  Released by SchoolHouse Connection, Civic Enterprises, America’s Promise Alliance, and the Institute for Children, Poverty, & Homelessness (ICPH),  50 state progress reports summarizes available state-level data on the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness, from early childhood through postsecondary [Read further...]
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 Community Responses to Ending Youth Homelessness: A Learning Collaborative
The Coordinated Entry Learning Collaborative (CELC) Communities across the country are designing coordinated responses to end youth homelessness using a collective impact approach.  Since June 2015, MANY has convened a broad spectrum of partners including service providers, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), and the Melville Charitable Trust to form the Coordinated Entry Learning Community (CELC). The CELC works to identify and share best practices in real time while cultivating a strong evidence-base to refine and improve coordinated entry efforts. What [Read further...]