Goal to End Youth Homelessness by 2020
A Way Home America (AWHA) has released a transition plan for the next presidential administration, calling for an end to youth homelessness.
Here’s how we can meet this goal by 2020:
- Make a commitment to prevent & end youth homelessness
- Prevent homelessness among youth & young adults
- Help youth & young adults who become homeless find safe and stable housing quickly and transition to independence
As AWHA anticipates the transition of the next presidential administration and new congress, it aims to communicate in a common voice how to make progress on our goal of ending youth homelessness.
To this end, over the spring and summer, the AWHA Policy Committee composed a Transition Plan – a document that identifies actions and strategies necessary to prevent and end youth and young adult homelessness. The National Youth Forum on Homelessness offered their input during drafting, input which is incorporated in the final document. The AWHA Steering Committee endorsed this document in July.
The Transition Plan is intended to inform the next Presidential Administration, federal appointees, and members of congress on our collective goals to end youth and young adult homelessness.
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness,
“Comprehensive data on youth homelessness has historically been lacking. Beginning in 2013 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) began including youth ages 18-24 in their annual Point-in-Time counts.
In 2015, 46,808 young people were experiencing homelessness on a single night in January. This includes
- 36,907 unaccompanied youth — people under age 25 who are not accompanied by a parent or guardian and are not a parent with child.
- 9,901 parenting youth under 25 who are not in the company of someone over 24.”
AWHA is a national initiative to build the movement to prevent and end homelessness among young people.
Together AWHA is building on Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.
It is made up of homeless youth providers, advocates, researchers, government agencies, philanthropists and young people uniting behind a common goal: In 2020, prevent and end homelessness among all youth and young adults. Ensure that homelessness among youth and young adults is rare, and if it occurs, experiences of homelessness are brief and one-time.
A Way Home America is not an organization but instead, an initiative with the sole purpose of ending youth homelessness.