Housing for Homeless Youth

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National Alliance to End Homelessness

Solutions Brief | November 17, 2011

Files: PDF | 289 KB | 10 pages

This brief outlines a spectrum of youth housing models that connect affordable housing, self-sufficiency services, and positive youth development approaches. This brief examines youth housing combined with positive youth development services and highlights four housing models and programs that demonstrate promise in housing for older adolescents and young adults. The brief examines the following topics:

  • Housing as a solution to youth homelessness
  • How housing and positive youth development services combat homelessness
  • A spectrum of housing for homeless youth
  • Positive youth development services as a critical component of youth housing models
  • The ABCs of designing positive youth development services for youth housing models
  • Four models of youth housing combined with positive youth development services


The brief also provides an in-depth examination of four possible housing models for youth:

  • Community-based group homes
  • Shared houses
  • Supervised apartments
  • Scattered-site apartments

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