3.3 Emergency Housing Solutions for Runaway and Homeless Youth


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3.3 Emergency Housing Solutions for Runaway and Homeless Youth

Speaker: Melissa Maguire

When young people run away from home or are thrown out, they need a safe place to stay in order to work on reunifying with family or finding housing. Youth shelters, often called basic centers, are those safe places. Basic centers play a key role in keeping youth away from dangers they would face on the streets or in the home of a stranger and help to facilitate a return to family or other permanent housing placement. This workshop will focus on best practices that all emergency youth shelters should employ and how communities without youth-specific programs are meeting young people’s needs.

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3.3 Emergency Housing Solutions for Runaway and Homeless Youth

  1. 1. The National Alliance to End Homelessness NationalConference on Ending Family and Youth HomelessnessEmergency Housing for Runaway and Homeless Youth The Response-Ability Pregnant and Parenting Program (RAPPP) February 9th, 2012 Melissa Maguire The Night Ministry Director of The Youth Shelter Network melissa@thenightministry.org (773) 506-6007
  2. 2. RAPPP PROGRAM Interim housing program for runaway, lock-out or homeless mothers age 14-19 yrs. old and their children in Chicago Goals:  Increase housing safety and stability for the family  Increase time between subsequent pregnancyFunded by: The Family and Youth Services Bureau: Runaway and HomelessYouth & Private Foundations
  3. 3. PROGRAM COMPONENTS Low Threshold Length of Stay Addresses Basic Needs, Stabilization and Reintegration Service Rich Environment Active Referral Network Continuum of Care
  4. 4. Safety Intake Requirements Trauma Informed Care Safety and Stability Check List(Desidero, G. Max J. Bricks, Mortar, and Community: The Foundations ofSupportive Housing for Pregnant and Parenting Teens The Core Componentsof Supportive Housing. Healthy Teen Network and Child Trends)
  5. 5. Well Being Health and Mental Health Resources Positive Youth Development Parenting Skills
  6. 6. Permanent Connections Family Reunification Increase Social Support Case Management
  7. 7. Self-Sufficiency Managing Income Incentives Obtaining and Maintaining Identification Employment Skills Training
  8. 8. Parenting Support – Support – Challenge Parenting Curriculum Collaborations with Child Care Programs
  9. 9.  Daily Interactions Groups Identify Formal and Informal Support Systems Continuum of Care
  10. 10. CHALLENGES Youth with Mental Health Issues Lack of Long Term Housing Secure Supportive Child Care Balance Employment and Education Transient Nature of Participants
  11. 11. Outcomes 85% of minor youth were reunified with family and/or family agreed housing Subsequent pregnancy rate of 11.8% 81% had set educational goals & of this group 63% had achieved their educational goals 45% of the infants/toddlers in the program had current immunization records 80% of the pregnant youth were current with their prenatal care
  12. 12. Evaluation Focus Groups Community Group Quarterly Review Program Outcomes Case Study Cognitive Interviews Follow-Up Surveys
  13. 13. THANK YOU