The National Network for Youth (NN4Y) has released Federal Policy Solutions to Prevent and End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness, the first policy brief of a six-part series that highlights major elements around developing an accessible and coordinated response system to address youth homelessness. This brief provides guidance to federal agencies on how they can better coordinate to address the needs of youth that are experiencing homelessness from prevention through housing and aftercare services.
The brief proposes six recommendations that federal agencies might implement to alleviate the policy and practice barriers that hinder communities from leveraging available resources to serve youth who are experiencing homelessness. These suggestions include:
- Adopting a shared understanding of youth and young adult homelessness to ensure that the data collected in all federal programs that serve youth provides an accurate representation of the youth homelessness population and that youth are able to access the services and housing available in all programs.
- Increasing investment in youth and young adult appropriate housing and services so that youth are able to access services on a timely manner.
- Examining and improving the child welfare and juvenile justice systems by developing effective and appropriate exiting transition plan for youth coming out of these systems.
- Strengthening and supporting the work of federal agencies.
- Creating a mechanism for flexibility in federal programs
- Agreeing upon a shared vision of core outcomes to measure success of all programs that are designed to serve youth.
Click here to read the brief.