New Approaches to Understanding Youth Homelessness
(Family and Child Policy)
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
The papers included on this panel each take a different approach to understanding youth homelessness. The first paper uses administrative data from multiple city agencies to understand the patterns of service use among youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It also explores risk and protective factors for subsequent stays in homeless shelters and/or jail. The second paper describes the results of the first national survey on youth homelessness. The survey measured the prevalence and incidence of youth homelessness and housing instability, as well as the characteristics of youth homelessness and housing instability and factors associated with youth homelessness. The final paper analyzes qualitative data from focus groups to complete a community-based youth of color needs assessment to identify and clarify the experiences, strengths and needs of homeless youth. The study merges this data with administrative data to provide comprehensive recommendations to better serve these youth. All three papers have a particular focus on translating their findings into actionable recommendations for policy and practice.