Homelessness, Reports and Publications, Supportive Housing

Changes Needed to Attract Youth Homeless to Housing Services

Evaluation and Program Planning, Vol. 36

Not many studies have looked at the issue of youth homelessness. To address this lack of research, Tiffany N. Ryan and Sanna J. Thompson of the University of Texas at Austin conducted one-on-one interviews with 29 homeless emerging adults between the ages of 19 and 23 who had used housing services in the past.

Perspectives on housing among homeless emerging adults shares the data they accumulated on how youth who are homeless feel about the housing services that are available to them. The main findings from their research reveal:

  • Homeless youth are caught between two opposing wants, formal support and independence
  • They are more likely to use flexible services that do not require commitments
  • Regulations of housing services are a deterrent to youths seeking services

The researchers hope that their study will lead to the creation or revision of programs that are adaptive and address the many specific barriers to housing for homeless emerging adults, thereby increasing their participation in those services.

Read the full report here.  


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