Alone Without a Home: A State-by-State Review of Laws Affecting Unaccompanied Youth
This report from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
provides summaries, legal citations, and analyses of laws affecting unaccompanied youth in the United States and six territories (American Samoa, District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands). More specifically, this publication covers many of the issues facing unaccompanied youth: youth in need of services; emancipation; status offenses, including running away, truancy, and curfews; the right to contract; definitions and consequences of harboring runaway youth; and service and shelter responsibilities and resources.
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Family and Youth Services Bureau
Homelessness Resource Center: Youth
The Homelessness Resource Center, hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
, is an interactive online community of service providers; policymakers; researchers; and public agencies at federal, state, and local levels. The Center shares state-of-the art knowledge, evidence-based practices and practical resources to prevent and end homelessness through providing publications and materials, and online learning and networking opportunities.
Visit the Homelessness Resource Center Youth webpage
Measuring Up: Youth-level Outcomes and Measures for System Responses to Youth Homelessness
The Youth Outcomes Project (YOP)—a collaboration between Chapin Hall, Youth Collaboratory, six federal agencies, and a number of leading researchers, practitioners, philanthropists, and youth with lived experience—provides guidance and promotes consensus on what and how to measure within the four broad core outcome areas identified in the USICH Framework to End Youth Homelessness. The project involved a background review of outcomes and measures used by evaluations and programs addressing youth homelessness, consultations with a range of youth and adult stakeholders across the country, and consolidation of inputs and appraisal of measures. For each core outcome area, the report provides a brief context on the importance of each core outcome area and recommendations of top core outcomes that the authors suggest be tracked commonly across communities in system-level efforts to end youth homelessness, along with corresponding best-available measures. It also presents suggested options and resources for communities and programs that want to “go further” in youth outcomes measurement for each domain.
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Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America
National Alliance to End Homelessness: Youth and Young Adults
National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families
The National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families is a free information service for communities, organizations, and individuals interested in developing new and effective strategies for supporting young people and their families. The Clearinghouse is funded through the Family and Youth Services Bureau
(FYSB) to link those interested in youth issues with the resources they need to serve young people, families, and communities better.
Visit the National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families website
National Runaway Safeline
The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) gives help and hope to youth and their families by providing non-judgmental, confidential crisis intervention and local and national referrals through a 24-hour hotline (1-800-621-4000). Visit the NRS website for useful information for teens, parents, teachers, concerned adults, social service agencies, and law enforcement officials.
Safe Place provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for all young people in crisis through a network of sites sustained by qualified agencies, trained volunteers, and businesses.
Start a Youth Program
This web-based guide from the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth
walks readers through the four states of launching a youth-serving nonprofit organization. The four stages include:
Stage I – Define Your Niche
Stage II – Conceive Your Vision and Mission
Stage III – Bring Your Nonprofit Into Being
Stage IV – Plan Your Programs
Visit the Start a Youth Program webpage
Toward Understanding Homelessness: The 2007 National Symposium on Homelessness Research