A new report, Addressing the Intersections of Juvenile Justice Involvement and Youth Homelessness: Principles for Change, illustrates how communities can prevent homelessness and juvenile justice involvement amongst youth and young adults. It provides an overview of the relationship between the homelessness and juvenile justice systems and highlights the negative impacts that involvement in both systems have on education, employment, and housing options for young adults.
The report outlines ten strategies that communities can implement to ensure that those young adults that are experiencing homelessness and are involved, or at risk of being involved, in the juvenile justice system have the resources they need to obtain safe and stable housing. The authors conclude by providing a list of resources and examples of how different communities are progressing in addressing these issues.
This report was created as part of the Collaborating for Change project, which is managed by the Coalition for Juvenile Justice and funded by the Raikes Foundation, The Tow Foundation, and Melville Charitable Trust. The Partnership for Strong Communities and the Center for Children’s Advocacy serve on the Collaborating for Change Advisory Board.
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