Youth Homelessness

Families, children, and unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness have emerged as a rapidly growing and vulnerable sub-population. Children and youth living in shelters or other systems, face significant barriers to appropriate physical, emotional and educational development. These negative effects are often more extreme for young people who are homeless and no longer connected to their families.

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Email Ramina Davidson, our Director of Housing Stability & Youth Initiatives, with any Youth Homelessness related questions, comments, concerns, or general information.


Across North America and elsewhere in the world, Housing First is recognized as an effective and humane approach to addressing homelessness. The need for a consideration of how Housing First works for young people (aged 13-25) is based on concerns raised by policy-makers, practitioners and indeed, young persons themselves, about the applicability of models and approaches developed for adults who are homeless, when applied to a youthful population.

From the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness:

The first comprehensive federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness was presented to Congress on June 22, 2010. We updated and amended the plan in 2012 and again in 2015 to reflect what we have learned. We are in the process of gathering stakeholder input as we revise and strengthen the plan again this year. We expect a new update to be released in early 2018.

From the National Alliance to End Homelessness:

Rapid re-housing is an intervention designed to help individuals and families quickly exit homelessness, return to housing in the community, and not become homeless again in the near term. The core components of rapid re-housing are housing identification, move-in and rent assistance, and rapid re-housing case management and services. These core components represent the minimum that a program must provide to be considered a rapid re-housing program, but do not fully describe what constitutes an effective rapid re-housing program.


Through Project Housing Opportunities and Prevention Efforts, the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness provides prevention assistance to individuals and families at risk of homelessness in DC.

Covenant House aims to protect young people from the streets and from dangerous living situations by enhancing their lives through essential services and supports.


The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States.

The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national network committed to preventing and ending homelessness while ensuring that the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected.

The mission of the National Network for Youth is to connect and champion the needs of runaway, homeless, and disconnected youth.