In November, researchers from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago released Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America, a summary of findings from their groundbreaking, multi-component study, Voices of Youth Count, on the extent and nature of youth homelessness in America. Understanding the scope and prevalence of youth homelessness is critical, as intervening in homelessness and building stability during adolescence will have a lifelong effect.
We were joined by Dr. Matthew Morton, Research Fellow at Chapin Hall, to learn about his team’s research and findings. Aimee Hendrigan, Vice President of Programs, at Melville Charitable Trust, and Katie Hong, Director of Youth Homelessness at Raikes Foundation, weighed in on how grantmakers can take the lead in making ending youth homelessness a priority in our country.
The research brief and one-page overview are available at http://voicesofyouthcount.org/brief/national-estimates-of-youth-homelessness/.
Community Solutions knows that in order to create large scale change, we need to think differently. In this webinar we heard what they learned from the 100,000 Homes and Zero:2016 Campaigns and, specifically, what didn't work.
So far, seven communities have reached functional zero in veteran homelessness and three in chronic homelessness. What does it take for communities to take that last big step to reach functional zero? Beth Sandor is leading the Built for Zero movement and she shared what she's seen in communities that have reached functional zero and those struggling to take the last step. She shared her vision of treating homelessness as a complex, solvable problem, and how moving from static to dynamic data is key to identifying and addressing challenges as they arise.
Along the way, we heard how philanthropy can be engaged in this framework and help communities end homelessness for all populations.
This was the first in a two-part series. In part two, we will hear directly from two communities that have reached zero – one in chronic and the other in veteran homelessness.Read more
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