News: Issue Brief

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COVID-19 Guidance for Youth Homelessness Service Providers

August 3, 2020

There is a lot of COVID information out there; in this brief, we provide practical guidance and links to federal information with the best and most up-to-date information.

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The Overlap of Human Trafficking and Runaway and Homeless Youth

July 16, 2020

Runaway and homeless youth are among the most vulnerable to human trafficking. This issue brief details the extent of the problem and action steps youth-serving organizations can take for a positive path forward.

Trauma-Informed Care for the Full Range of RHY Services

June 10, 2020

Trauma-informed care is increasingly recognized as a best practice for serving young people who have experienced homelessness. Very often young people endure multiple types of physical, psychological, and emotional maltreatment or abuse, resulting in “complex trauma” that researchers have associated with significant mental health problems including depression, anxiety, PTSD, suicidal ideation, and substance abuse. Research indicates that RHY organizations should provide trauma-informed services that thoroughly screen, assess, and serve youth to identify and address trauma.

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Rural Youth Homelessness in America

October 21, 2019

Homelessness is not just a problem in large cities. In fact, rural youth are as likely to experience homelessness as their counterparts in urban areas. Combined with greater distances to reach social services and less infrastructure than in urban areas, young people experiencing homelessness in rural areas face unique challenges.

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