National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Runaway and Homeless Youth

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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.

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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