Skip to main content
National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Research

Solid Foundations DC: Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness

Solid Foundations DC: Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report describes the District of Columbias (DC) Comprehensive Plan to End Youth Homelessness (CPEYH), developed to complement the Districts overall plan to transform its homeless services system into an effective crisis response system focused on making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring. In 2014, the DC Council passed the LGBTQ Homeless Youth Reform Amendment Act and the End Youth Homelessness Act. The bills provided resources to improve data collection and conduct an annual youth homelessness census, as well as develop the CPEYH. The plan establishes a roadmap for building an effective system of care for unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness and an immediate framework for advancing coordinated work to prevent and end youth homelessness. The plan includes sections on understanding youth homelessness, including how DC trends compare to trends in the U.S.; a description of the plans vision and goals, principles, and building blocks; results of the modeling completed as part of the strategic planning process; and key strategies and transition planning to optimize the investments in the system and maximize results. The report concludes by noting that addressing youth homelessness is about more than stabilizing the immediate crisis and providing a quick connection to permanent housing. It is about helping youth develop healthy relationships with trusted adults, addressing emerging physical and behavioral health conditions, building independent living skills, and helping youth onto a path toward economic self-sufficiency.     

Accession number
25397
Authors
District of Columbia Interagency Council on Homelessness
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available free of charge from the District of Columbia website: https://ich.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/ich/page_content/attach….

Nine Guiding Principles to Help Youth Overcome Homelessness: A Principles-Focused Developmental Evaluation

Nine Guiding Principles to Help Youth Overcome Homelessness: A Principles-Focused Developmental Evaluation
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This book chapter describes an evidence-based, principles-focused developmental evaluation that was part of a larger grant program funded by the Otto Bremer Foundation, a private foundation serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. The foundation provided grants to six local youth-serving agencies to address youth homelessness in the Twin Cities. The developmental evaluation was initiated to create a process by which the six agencies could collaborate to improve the outcomes for youth and identify and empirically validate guiding principles. To meet these goals, the researchers engaged the foundation and agency leaders in collaborative evaluation inquiry during monthly reflective practice meetings, which included analyzing 14 youth case studies. The developmental evaluation process resulted in a principles statement and dissemination packet to be used by the agencies going forward. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25510
Authors
Murphy, N.F.
Type new
Book Chapter
Year published new
2016