HUD Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program Working in Washington State

Youth Homelessness Demonstration: Flexible Design System, Youth Advisory Board, Data Analysis and More

Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) consultants are working with communities across the state helping strengthen local youth homelessness prevention efforts.

In Washington’s Seattle/King County, TAC’s technical assistance (TA) is an integral part of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, a U.S. Dept. of Housing andPreparing for the 2017 Youth PIT Count Urban Development (HUD) initiative awarded to ten communities.

TAC has worked with Seattle/King County on flexible system design, engaging a Youth Advisory Board, compiling promising practices from across the country, analyzing data to measure the need for housing and services, creating landscape scans of current housing and service inventories, and developing continuous improvement strategies the community can use to evaluate and learn from implementation.

Once the planning process wraps up in July, TAC’s focus will shift to creating an implementation “road map” for community stakeholders and providing training and capacity-building to Seattle/King County agencies working to end youth homelessness in their community.

TAC’s knowledge base includes planning and implementation of evidence-based and best practice services for children and adolescents involved with the mental health, child welfare, education, and juvenile justice systems, as well as transition-age youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

TAC’s specific expertise includes:

  • Developing strategic plans to guide effective implementation of services across child-serving systems.
  • Consulting on the design, implementation, and management of systems of care for children with mental health and substance use challenges.
  • Designing interventions to prevent and end homelessness among low-income families and unaccompanied youth.
  • Developing creative financing strategies to assist in the implementation of evidence-based and best practices for multi-system involved youth, including the identification of opportunities to leverage federal financing such as Medicaid and Title IV-E.

A recently published HUD guidebook series was co-written by TAC, and is designed for Continuum of Care (CoC) leadership and other stakeholders to use as a direct, hands-on action plan in efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness.

TAC worked with HUD on these new resources to help communities apply the Housing First approach in their youth homelessness prevention efforts while increasing youth leadership:

Read our prior post about preparing to count homeless youth.

Technical Assistance Collaborative Ending Youth Homelessness Programs

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