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...]
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...]