Promising Strategies to End Youth Homelessness

This information is from our friends at NAEH.

On June 27, 2007, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released Promising Strategies to End Youth Homelessness, a report to Congress that outlines what is needed to prevent and end youth homelessness. The report, developed with the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness describes the pathway to homelessness and the prevalence of the problem.

Interventions which could prevent youth homelessness include parent education and home visiting to prevent abuse and neglect, functional family therapy, multisystemic therapy to reduce youth violence and risky behaviors, and efforts to offer adolescents life skills preparation, affordable housing, and trusting adults for youth exiting foster or correctional placements.

Additionally, the report reviews interventions to ameliorate homelessness once it occurs. Strategies include outreach services, drop-in centers, case management services, shelter with family reunification, and housing models for youth, which are all currently funded by HHS under the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.

The report calls for an array of services and housing and greater coordination of funding and services across systems. The report found that whether the strategies are for prevention or intervention, most methods share common themes: encouraging connection to trustworthy and nurturing adults, providing basic needs to create stability for growth, and planning for greater coordination between service systems and professionals.

Promising Strategies to End Youth Homelessness: Report to Congress