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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/…

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….

Harnessing the Learning Community Model to Integrate Trauma-Informed Care Principles in Service Organizations

Harnessing the Learning Community Model to Integrate Trauma-Informed Care Principles in Service Organizations
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report presents findings from the Learning Community Model for Implementation, a project of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University Silver School of Social Work, in partnership with the National Council for Behavioral Health, to develop a promising methodology to help service organizations adopt and sustain the practices and principles of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC). The Learning Community enrolled 32 behavioral health organizations to determine their readiness to meet the seven TIC domains (listed in this report). By the end of the yearlong project, 92 percent of the participating organizations had implemented TIC in at least six of the seven domains. The authors define the TIC approach as well as the prevalence and effects of trauma, including Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). 

Accession number
25528
Authors
Morrison, L., Alcantara, A., Conover, K., Salerno, A., Cleek, A., Parker, G., McKay, M., Sharp, C., Ligenza, L.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, New York University Silver School of Social Work; National Council for Behavioral Health

Year published new
2016
Availability

Full report available for free download on the McSilver Institutes website at: http://mcsilver.nyu.edu/sites/default/files/reports/TIC-Implementation-…

Ending Youth Homelessness: System Planning

Ending Youth Homelessness: System Planning
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This guidebook from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is designed for Continuum of Care (CoC) leaders and stakeholders to use as a direct, hands-on action plan in their efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness. It provides information about the important elements of a coordinated community approach plan. This guidebook focuses on engaging key community partners, establishing a decision-making and management structure, leveraging data across systems, and designing an organized youth housing and services array. 

Accession number
25610
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Series
Guidebook Series
Year published new
2016
Availability

Available for free download on the HUD Exchange website at: https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/Ending-Youth-Homelessn…

Ending Youth Homelessness: Mainstream System Collaboration

Ending Youth Homelessness: Mainstream System Collaboration
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This guidebook from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is designed for Continuum of Care (CoC) leaders and stakeholders to use as a direct, hands-on action plan in their efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness. This guideline focuses on collaboration efforts by providing strategies to engage mainstream sectors such as child welfare, education, workforce development, justice systems, housing programs, health care providers, community organizations, and federal and state benefit agencies. It includes examples of successful collaboration efforts from across the country. 

Accession number
25612
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Series
Guidebook Series
Year published new
2016
Availability

Available for free download on the HUD Exchange website at: https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/Ending-Youth-Homelessn…

Building Partnerships to Support Stable Housing for Child Welfare-Involved Families and Youth

Building Partnerships to Support Stable Housing for Child Welfare-Involved Families and Youth
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This guide from the Child Welfare Information Gateway outlines affordable housing and homelessness services and how child welfare professionals can collaborate with those systems to help families. Although primarily for child welfare professionals, the information may help housing and homelessness services providers understand the needs and concerns of child welfare-involved youth and families and what services are available to them. The guide features grantee programs focused on child welfare and housing collaboration that were part of the Partnerships to Demonstrate the Effectiveness of Supportive Housing for Families in the Child Welfare System (SHF) and Youth At-Risk of Homelessness (YARH) grant clusters. 

Accession number
25676
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

Childrens Bureau

Series
Bulletin for Professionals
Year published new
2018
Availability

Available free of charge on the Child Welfare Information Gateway at: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/bulletins_housing.pdf

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…