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Solutions Brief  |  October 23, 2012

Rural youth experiencing homelessness often face with severely limited resources compared to their urban counterparts. In areas where services are offered, providers are typically underfunded and youth lack transportation options to access them. This brief includes an overview of the host homes model that can be tailored to meet local needs, and service provider strategies for outreach to youth.

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Solutions Brief  |  October 17, 2012

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be caused by the experience of homelessness. This brief includes an overview of PTSD, implications for providers, and principles of trauma-informed care.

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Solutions Brief  |  September 7, 2012

This brief describes how family rejection increases the risk for negative outcomes such as homelessness, substance abuse, depression, and suicide for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. It also provides information on the Family Acceptance Project (FAP), an initiative designed to help diverse families decrease rejection and increase support for their LGBT children.

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Solutions Brief  |  September 6, 2012

Many stakeholders in your community are committed to ending youth homelessness and are willing to participate in the planning and implementation of the PIT Count. This brief identifies key partnerships to develop to ensure that your community's Point-In-Time (PIT) Count successfully includes youth and youth stakeholders.

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Solutions Brief  |  July 30, 2012
This report, written by Building Changes, provides guidance and recommendations on how King County and other communities can develop a coordinated assessment process. The report includes research on different communities’ coordinated assessment models and includes recommendations on how to create and manage efficient data systems, assessment processes, and governance structures.
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Solutions Brief  |  July 20, 2012
This is the assessment form the Community Alliance for the Homeless in Memphis/Shelby County, TN uses at face-to-face assessment points with clients. Additional assessment or information gathering may be conducted based on the results of this form and an interview.
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Solutions Brief  |  July 2, 2012

The transgender community makes up less than half a percent of the American population but accounts for up to five percent of the homeless youth population. This one-page brief provides guidance for service providers seeking to competently meet the needs of this vulnerable population.

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Solutions Brief  |  May 21, 2012

Across the country, communities are implementing rapid re-housing to respond to family homelessness, and they are demonstrating impressive results. Communities are successfully, and quickly, re-housing families at a minimal cost by providing assistance locating new housing, short-term rental assistance, and follow-up case management focused on employment. In doing so, they are improving the lives of families.

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Solutions Brief  |  March 21, 2012

This tool may be helpful for the purposes of determining what services and level of subsidy a household eligible for rapid re-housing needs. Communities would ideally use this tool only after prevention or diversion had been ruled out as options as part of the coordinated assessment process and before or very shortly after admitting a household to an emergency shelter program if they have no place else to stay. This tool should be used as a starting point; communities are encouraged to refine the tool to reflect local data and system outcomes.

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Solutions Brief  |  March 21, 2012

This assessment tool, based on Minneapolis/Hennepin County, Minnesota’s and Columbus, Ohio’s assessment forms, will be of use to communities attempting to determine if a household needs prevention or diversion assistance. This should be administered as soon as a household enters an assessment center to determine if they will need shelter or if they can be assisted and housed without having to enter the homeless assistance system.

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Solutions Brief  |  March 21, 2012
This presentation, delivered during a preconference session at the 2012 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness, covers the basic elements of developing a coordinated assessment process including planning and design, data entry and analysis, screening for/assessing consumer needs, making referrals, and evaluating progress.
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Solutions Brief  |  March 21, 2012
This checklist, developed by the Alliance, is meant to help communities conceptualize what issues they should begin considering early on in the coordinated assessment planning process. It also offers a timeline within which these actions might take place, though this timeline will vary by community.
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Solutions Brief  |  February 28, 2012

The City of San Jose in Santa Clara County CA, in partnership with nonprofit homeless research specialist Applied Survey Research (ASR), has adopted specialized strategies to include youth in its biennial Point-In-Time (PIT) count of homeless people.

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Solutions Brief  |  January 26, 2012

Having an accurate count of homeless youth helps a community to understand the scope of the problem and to design solutions. The District of Columbia Alliance of Youth Advocates (DCAYA) is leading the effort to deepen understanding about the prevalence and needs of homeless youth in Washington, DC.

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Solutions Brief  |  December 14, 2011

This brief is a concise how-to guide on how communities can begin or improve efforts to identify and effectively assist the households who are most likely to become homeless and serve them appropriately.

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