Homelessness is more than a lack of a place to sleep tonight. For a young person, it means instability, fear, and often an inability to properly learn and prepare for adulthood. Increasingly, people who work with vulnerable youth are realizing that the lack of a safe and stable home makes it difficult for any other youth-focused program to be successful.
Over the past decade, we have made significant progress is ending and preventing homelessness among adult populations. We have seen reductions in chronic and veteran homeless populations and some promising results around solutions to family homelessness. In many instances, philanthropy has been a catalyst for change at the local and national levels.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for youth homelessness. While we increasingly recognize the problem, we lack adequate data and research on the scope of the problem and effective solutions. The approach at both the community and national levels continues to be inconsistent, lacking in coordination, and rarely evidence-based. And philanthropy must help catalyze the necessary change.
From Our Members
Raikes Foundation - A Place to Call Home: Our Strategy for Solving Youth Homelessness
Raikes Foundation / Building Changes - Priority Action Steps to Prevent and End Youth/Young Adult Homelessness: An Implementation Plan
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