National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Runaway and Homeless Youth

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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Facts and Figures About Runaway and Homeless Youth
As we post our third Issue Brief in an ongoing series — Runaway and Homeless Youth, Mental Health, and Trauma-Informed Care — we are re-posting our first one on the causes and consequences of running away and homelessness among young people. This issue brief provides some of the facts and figures related to runaway and homeless youth in the U.S.

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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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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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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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