National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Runaway and Homeless Youth

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Runaway and Homeless Youth, Mental Health, and Trauma-Informed Care
Whether it’s abuse, the consequences of living in poverty, a lack of empathy and support for their self-identity, or some combination of the three, runaway and homeless youth (RHY) often experience significant challenges to their happiness and well-being. Trauma-informed care can help RHY rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

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If It's Spring, It Must be Grant Season
At NCHYF, we’ve been busy updating our Funding Opportunities page with information about new federal grants. We’re pleased to share several recent funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) from agencies such as SAMHSA, Department of Justice, and the National Institutes of Health.

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Get to Know a Grantee: Project Oz
This month, we feature Project Oz in Bloomington, IL. In addition to their BCP, MGH, TLP, and SOP grants from FYSB, Project Oz has a special TLP grant to help them implement housing for survivors of human trafficking. In commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Lisa Thompson, Project Oz Executive Director, discusses the overlap between runaway and homeless youth and trafficking-survivor services.

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Issue Brief: Facts and Figures About Runaway and Homeless Youth
Causes of running away and homelessness among young people are many and varied, as are potential consequences. This issue brief provides some of the facts and figures related to runaway and homeless youth in the U.S.

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Get to Know a Grantee: Bellefaire JCB
For this edition of Get to Know a Grantee, we feature Bellefaire JCB in Cleveland, Ohio. Bellefaire JCB offers services to almost 22,000 youth and their families each year through more than 25 programs.

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Issue Brief: The Health Needs of Homeless Youth
Despite the importance of a healthy youth population, runaway and homeless youth face many barriers to physical health and many obstacles to obtaining care.

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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.

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