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Ending Homelessness for Unaccompanied Youth Age 18-24
Other | December 29, 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.
Each year, around 150,000 unaccompanied older youth experience homelessness. These youth have a broad range of needs but there is no comprehensive system to prevent their homelessness, provide supportive services, and ensure sufficient safe shelter and long-term housing options. Such a system is needed, and its structure can be informed by the practice knowledge of providers who have decades of experience working with youth. Practitioners with such expertise participating in the Practice Knowledge Project identified the following as essential elements of such a system.