Criteria and Benchmarks for Achieving the Goal of Ending Youth Homelessness
This brief provides specific criteria and benchmarks for ending unaccompanied youth homelessness in order to help guide communities as they implement a coordinated community response. The criteria and benchmarks are intended to help communities drive down the number of unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness while building long-term solutions that can effectively respond to future needs. Criteria include: 1) The community identifies all unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness, 2) The community uses prevention and diversion strategies whenever possible and otherwise provides immediate access to low-barrier crisis housing and services to any youth who needs and wants it, 3) The community uses coordinated entry processes to effectively link all youth experiencing homelessness to housing and services solutions that are tailored to their needs, 4) The community acts with urgency to swiftly assist youth to move into permanent or non-time-limited housing options with appropriate services and supports, and 5) The community has resources, plans, and system capacity in place to continue to prevent and quickly end future experiences of homelessness among youth. The benchmarks included in the brief allow communities to measure their progress against established, specific goals.