Attracting Homeless Youth to Housing Services

Study Points to Need for Flexible Services

Attracting Homeless Youth to Housing ServicesIn a recent study addresses issue of youth homelessness, Tiffany Ryan and Sanna J. Thompson of the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work conducted one-on-one interviews  with homeless young adults.

Perspectives on housing among homeless emerging adults reports on the data gathered on how youth who are homeless feel about available housing services.

Key findings from their research include:

  • Homeless youth are caught between two opposing wants, formal support and independence
  • They are more likely to use flexible services that do not require commitments
  • Regulations of housing services are a deterrent to youths seeking services

The researchers hope that their study will lead to the creation or revision of programs that are adaptive and address the many specific barriers to housing for homeless emerging adults, thereby increasing their participation in those services.

The researchers interviewed 29 homeless emerging adults between the ages of 19 and 23 who had used housing services in the past.

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