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Agencies Focus on Ending Youth Homelessness

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Have strategic and targeted conversations with communities and youth with lived expertise about how to build a prevention framework within the Runaway Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) and Family and Youth Service Bureau (FYSB).

  • U.D. Department of Education: Bring on two full-time detailees for one year to focus on interagency and cross-program coordination for cross-system youth who are involved in child welfare, juvenile justice, and/or homeless assistance systems. Their work will yield new ideas and initiatives to prevent and end homelessness for these populations.

  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: Infuse a youth homelessness lens into the Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) working group.

  • U.S. Department of Labor: Work with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to educate the workforce, child welfare system, and public housing authorities about opportunities for former or current foster youth to access Foster Youth to Independence Housing vouchers.

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Improve the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) by ensuring all feedback is reviewed and strongly considered when designing future YHDP opportunities. Work with local governments to help end homelessness by helping implement and spend Community Planning and Development money.

  • U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness: Commit to transparency in how youth with lived expertise are centered and work to be honest and upfront.

For more information on strategies to end youth homelessness in your community, contact Innovations Institute. >

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