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Central Florida Tri-County Youth Count: Final Report

Central Florida Tri-County Youth Count: Final Report
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report from Chapin Hall describes a study to provide an estimate of the size of the homeless youth population and its characteristics in three central Florida counties (Orange, Osceola, and Seminole). Information was also gathered about the types of services available to young people experiencing homelessness. Over three days, the project surveyed youth on the street and in services, which include shelters, transitional living programs, and drop-in centers. In addition, researchers examined data from the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and school systems. Findings include: 1) On a single night in October 2017, there was a total of 268 homeless and unstably housed youth ages 13 to 24 in the three counties. 2) Twelve percent of the surveyed homeless and unstably housed youth were 13 to 17 years old. 3) Youth in the foster care and justice systems were overrepresented in the three counties. 4) Providers in the three counties have 104 shelter, transitional living, rapid rehousing, and subsidized affordable housing slots available for youth, only 10 of which serve youth under age 18. 

Accession number
25739
Authors
Chrisler, A., Horwitz, B., Morton, M.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the Chapin Hall website at: https://www.chapinhall.org/research/central-florida-count-identifies-se…

A Test of Outreach and Drop-in Linkage Versus Shelter Linkage for Connecting Homeless Youth to Services

A Test of Outreach and Drop-in Linkage Versus Shelter Linkage for Connecting Homeless Youth to Services
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This journal article describes a study that sought to engage non-service-connected homeless youth (n=79) in a strengths-based outreach and advocacy intervention. The youth were randomly assigned to receive six months of advocacy that focused on linking youth to a drop-in center (n=40) or to a crisis shelter (n=39). For all participants, the researchers conducted one pre-baseline assessment and post-baseline assessments at three, six, and nine months. The findings indicate that youth preferred the drop-in centers to the crisis shelters. The drop-in center linkage condition was associated with connecting youth to more services and with better outcomes among alcohol and HIV-related domains compared with shelter linkage conditions. These findings highlight the importance of outreach and service linkage for reconnecting service-marginalized youth, and drop-in centers as a primary service option for homeless youth. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25514
Authors
Slesnick, N., Feng, X., Guo, X., Brakenhoff, B., Carmona, J., Murnan, A., Cash, S., McRee, A.
Type new
Journal Article
Journal Name

Prevention Science

Volume new
17
Year published new
2016
Availability