National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Runaway and Homeless Youth

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Celebrate the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act 45th Anniversary During #NRPM2019
Every November, National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM) shines a light on runaway and homeless youth issues and raises awareness about the programs and resources available to support these young people. This year, NRPM aligns with the 45th anniversary of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.

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Rural Youth Homelessness in America
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.

Get to Know a Grantee: Looking Glass
The RHY Clearinghouse developed the Get to Know a Grantee questionnaire to illustrate the great variety of youth-serving FYSB grantees, to share their insights on the work that they do, and to inspire collaboration and the sharing of experiences and ideas. This month, we feature Looking Glass Youth and Family Services in Eugene, OR. Looking Glass was among the first youth-serving organizations to receive FYSB funding; they were first awarded an RHY grant in 1974.

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Education Help for Runaway and Homeless Youth
For more than 30 years, one piece of federal legislation has ensured that runaway and homeless youth receive the same educational opportunities as their peers with stable housing. In this RHY Issue Brief, you'll find information about the McKinney-Vento Act, students' rights under the legislation, where to find state and local Coordinators for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, and much more.

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Get to Know a Grantee: Sea Haven
Every month, the RHY Clearinghouse highlights the work of RHY grantees through the Get to Know a Grantee questionnaire. For this edition, we spoke with the executive director of Sea Haven in Myrtle Beach, SC. Sea Haven has secured and maintained FYSB grants for more than two decades and has successfully sustained program services during periods when FYSB funds were not available.

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Q&A: New RHY Resources From the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, the only nonprofit legal agency working to end and prevent homelessness in the U.S., recently published Alone Without a Home, which looks at 13 key issue areas affecting the lives and futures of unaccompanied youth.

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Partner Highlight: OTIP Takes Comprehensive Approach to Combat Human Trafficking
The National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families (NCHYF) spoke to Office of Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) Director Katherine Chon about the overlap between homelessness and human trafficking, OTIP resources available, and how professionals serving these communities can work together to help all young people.

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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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