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Ending Homelessness for Unaccompanied Minor Youth
Other | December 30, 2015
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This paper, part of a series, emerged from the National Alliance to End Homelessness Practice Knowledge Project. The Alliance, in partnership with Funders Together to End Homelessness and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and with the support of the Raikes Foundation and the Melville Charitable Trust, periodically convened insightful and experienced practitioners with a goal of identifying those approaches most likely to succeed in reducing the number of homeless youth.
This paper examines the necessary elements of a comprehensive response to youth homelessness that is based on the expertise shared by nonprofit providers with years of experience serving unaccompanied minor youth. Through the Practice Knowledge Project, they identified the following as necessary elements of such a system for unaccompanied minor youth.
Finally, all aspects of an effective system to respond to the needs of runaway and homeless unaccompanied minor youth should be informed by a holistic framework that: employs positive youth development and harm reduction approaches in the least restrictive environment; is trauma-informed, culturally competent, responsive, and affirming; and helps youth develop education and employment plans and skills and focuses on healthy relationships with family, other caring adults, social peers, and communities.