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Runaway and Homeless Youth

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Get to Know a Grantee: Midwest Youth Services
In our new series, Get to Know a Grantee, we'll be sharing FYSB grantees' responses to a set of questions about their programs, experiences, and innovative approaches to helping runaway and homeless youth. Today, we feature Midwest Youth Services of Jacksonville, IL.

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New Fact Sheet a Pathfinder to Food Assistance Resources
The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides direct food assistance to eligible individuals and families. A recent factsheet may help RHY program grantees and other organizations identify food assistance sources for their clients in need.

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Available Now! New Report to Congress on RHY Program
New Report to Congress details FYSB RHY program activities and accomplishments.

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FYSB Posts Updated Program Area Factsheets
The Family & Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) recently posted fact sheets describing its Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) grant program areas, updated for January 2018.

Counting Homeless Youth — Seven Tips to Get It Right!
On the heels of the 2018 Point in Time count, we look at lessons learned for accurate counts of local homeless youth populations.

NCHYF Voices: Bringing Street Outreach Experience to DC's Point-in-Time Count
Dan Davis has been a street outreach worker in Washington, DC, for years, connecting homeless young people to services. In late January he joined 350 volunteers in the city's annual count of people experiencing homelessness. As he canvassed the streets, Dan explained what street outreach professionals who work with young people bring to this important civic event.

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National Survey on Unaccompanied Youth Homelessness in the U.S. Captures the Scope of the Issue.
On November 15, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago released results from Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America, a new national survey on unaccompanied youth homelessness in the United States. Findings show one in ten young adults ages 18-25, and at least one in 30 adolescents ages 13-17, experience some form of homelessness unaccompanied by a parent or guardian over the course of a year. This translates to 3.5 million young people ages 18-25 and 700,000 adolescent minors.

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New Report Provides a Snapshot of Youth in Crisis
The Crisis Contacts Report from the National Runaway Safeline and FYSB is a compelling look at youth homelessness. In 2016, the Safeline responded to almost 30,000 requests for help and information.

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The Theme For November's National Runaway Prevention Month was "Friends Helping Friends."
Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away each year. Many of these young people will end up on the streets. These are not bad kids; they are good kids in bad situations. National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM) is spearheaded each year by the National Runaway Safeline, which provides information on easy ways to get involved, plan events, and spread the word. By supporting NRPM, you are showing America’s runaway and homeless youth that they are not invisible and they are not alone.

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