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Toward a System Response to Ending Youth Homelessness: New Evidence to Help Communities Strengthen Coordinated Entry, Assessment, and Support for Youth

Toward a System Response to Ending Youth Homelessness: New Evidence to Help Communities Strengthen Coordinated Entry, Assessment, and Support for Youth
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This is the sixth in a series of Research-to-Impact briefs by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago on understanding and addressing youth homelessness. In collaboration with the University of Southern California and Youth Collaboratory, Chapin Hall published this brief about how communities use a common risk assessment and prioritization tool for youth experiencing homelessness (the TAY-VI-SPDAT: Next Step Tool). The authors found that a common risk assessment tool for youth can effectively help local systems prioritize limited housing resources. They also found positive outcomes associated with housing programs for youth. Youth of color were more likely to come into homelessness system and remained in homelessness systems for longer periods, tending to have fewer successful exits from homelessness by returning to their families. These findings highlight further opportunities for systems to focis on racial equite in addressing the homelessness challenge. The lessons from this analysis bolster the idea that communities can build collective intake and assessment (coordinated entry) systems, develop creative service delivery approaches for youth who do not immediately receive housing, and strengthen data to measure and improve long-term outcomes. The study also looked at how risk assessment scores related to services offered to young people and to their exits from homelessness. Finally, they examined how many youth receiving different types of services remained out of homelessness systems and which youth were most likely to return. This brief summarizes key findings and implications for action for communities and funders.

Accession number
25626
Authors
Morton, M.H., Rice, E., Blondin, M., Hsu, H., Kull, M.
Type new
Brief
Organization

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Series
Research-to-Impact Briefs
Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the Youth Collaboratory website at: https://youthcollaboratory.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2018-11/…

Supporting Brain Development in Traumatized Children and Youth

Supporting Brain Development in Traumatized Children and Youth
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This fact sheet from the Children’s Bureau provides an overview of the effects of early trauma on brain development, including abusive head trauma (ABT), and how child welfare professionals can help promote healthy brain development through supportive services. It provides information about screening for developmental delays and identifying children and youth affected by trauma in their care. Next, this fact sheet looks at treatment options for trauma-affected children and youth.

Accession number
25752
Type new
Brief
Organization

Childrens Bureau

Series
Bulletin for Professionals
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download on the Child Welfare Gateway website at: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/braindevtrauma/

Criteria and Benchmarks for Achieving the Goal of Ending Youth Homelessness

Criteria and Benchmarks for Achieving the Goal of Ending Youth Homelessness
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief provides specific criteria and benchmarks for ending unaccompanied youth homelessness in order to help guide communities as they implement a coordinated community response. The criteria and benchmarks are intended to help communities drive down the number of unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness while building long-term solutions that can effectively respond to future needs. Criteria include: 1) The community identifies all unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness, 2) The community uses prevention and diversion strategies whenever possible and otherwise provides immediate access to low-barrier crisis housing and services to any youth who needs and wants it, 3) The community uses coordinated entry processes to effectively link all youth experiencing homelessness to housing and services solutions that are tailored to their needs, 4) The community acts with urgency to swiftly assist youth to move into permanent or non-time-limited housing options with appropriate services and supports, and 5) The community has resources, plans, and system capacity in place to continue to prevent and quickly end future experiences of homelessness among youth. The benchmarks included in the brief allow communities to measure their progress against established, specific goals. 

Accession number
25400
Authors
United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
Type new
Brief
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available free of charge at the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) website: https://www.usich.gov/resources/uploads/asset_library/Youth_Criteria_Be….

Assessing the Meaningful Inclusion of Youth Voice in Policy and Practice: State of the Science

Assessing the Meaningful Inclusion of Youth Voice in Policy and Practice: State of the Science
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report is part of the 2018 State-of-the-Science Series from the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures at Portland State University. The author discusses the current move toward including young people’s voices in the design and delivery of services for youth and young adults and the need for updated tools and frameworks to assist service-providing programs, agencies, and systems in evaluating their efforts in this area. Despite agreeing with the general purpose and principles for youth and young adult voice inclusion in organizations and systems, stakeholders may lack awareness of the policies and practices required to ensure the consistent and meaningful engagement of youth as participants in decision-making processes. The author reviews the state-of-the-science on how to support meaningful participation of young people in organizations and systems, the existing assessment tools, and introduce two new measures for agency- and system-level self-assessment of the conditions that support the meaningful inclusion of youth voice. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25631
Authors
Blakeslee, J.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University

Series
State-of-the-Science Series
Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the Portland State University PDXScholar website at: https://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1230&con…

A Youth Homelessness System Assessment for New York City

A Youth Homelessness System Assessment for New York City
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report from Chapin Hall presents a rapid, mixed-methods assessment of the system of services and supports available to youth experiencing homelessness in New York City. The assessment team found that significant gaps remain in prevention, affordable housing options, and coordination of youth services despite the city’s efforts to expand some services and prioritize youth homelessness. Based on these findings, Chapin Hall has recommended that the city establish a single office for an interagency response to youth homelessness with shared processes and tools for coordinated entry and support for youth, including affordable housing and career development opportunities. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25737
Authors
Morton, M.H., Kull, M.A., Chávez, R., Chrisler, A.J., Carreon, E., Bishop, J.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on the Chapin Hall website at: https://www.chapinhall.org/research/assessment-of-new-york-citys-homele…