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Solid Foundations DC: Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness

Solid Foundations DC: Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report describes the District of Columbias (DC) Comprehensive Plan to End Youth Homelessness (CPEYH), developed to complement the Districts overall plan to transform its homeless services system into an effective crisis response system focused on making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring. In 2014, the DC Council passed the LGBTQ Homeless Youth Reform Amendment Act and the End Youth Homelessness Act. The bills provided resources to improve data collection and conduct an annual youth homelessness census, as well as develop the CPEYH. The plan establishes a roadmap for building an effective system of care for unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness and an immediate framework for advancing coordinated work to prevent and end youth homelessness. The plan includes sections on understanding youth homelessness, including how DC trends compare to trends in the U.S.; a description of the plans vision and goals, principles, and building blocks; results of the modeling completed as part of the strategic planning process; and key strategies and transition planning to optimize the investments in the system and maximize results. The report concludes by noting that addressing youth homelessness is about more than stabilizing the immediate crisis and providing a quick connection to permanent housing. It is about helping youth develop healthy relationships with trusted adults, addressing emerging physical and behavioral health conditions, building independent living skills, and helping youth onto a path toward economic self-sufficiency.     

Accession number
25397
Authors
District of Columbia Interagency Council on Homelessness
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available free of charge from the District of Columbia website: https://ich.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/ich/page_content/attach….

Nothing Is for Free...: Youth Attitudes About Engaging Resources While Unstably Housed

Nothing Is for Free...: Youth Attitudes About Engaging Resources While Unstably Housed
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This journal article presents findings from a national study of 215 youth, ages 13 to 25, experiencing housing instability in five US counties. The researchers used life-course interviews, a housing timeline tool, and background survey data to explore the participants use and rejection of both formal and informal resources. From their analysis, the researchers created a model of “youth logics of engagement” that shaped how youth interpreted the costs versus benefits of using available resources. The model includes the interrelated factors of identity protection, accumulated experience, and personal agency. The researchers contend youth may unintentionally expose themselves to physical risks by avoiding resources they believe might comprise their emotional, psychological, or relational well-being.

Accession number
25664
Authors
Samuels, G.M., Cerven, C., Curry, S.R., Robinson, S.R.
Type new
Journal Article
Organization

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy Development and Research

Journal Name

Cityscape

Volume new
20
Year published new
2018
Availability

Entire journal issue available free of charge on the HUD Office of Policy Development and Research website at: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/periodicals/cityscpe/vol20num3/Cityscape…