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Amanda Jones: Networking for Youth Housing

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Amanda Jones: Networking for Youth Housing

  1. 1. Amanda Jones Networking for Youth Housing
  2. 2. Amanda M. Jones WTF? Youth Homelessness in DC The following slides belie my supernerd tendencies and anal retentive personality.
  3. 3. Youth Homelessness: The Issues • Estimates of homeless youth in the US vary widely –1.35M to 2M+ (Institute for Children and Poverty, 2008; National Alliance to End Homelessness, 2009) • Defining & tracking homeless youth is very difficult (Robertson, 2004; Comey, Smith, & Tatian, 2009)
  4. 4. Youth Homelessness: The Issues • Homeless youth are transient and tend to hide their status (Robertson, 2004) • High level of stigma associated with homeless youth (Karabanow, 2004) • Also a lack of information regarding program efficacy (R. Hooks-Wayman, personal communication, November 3, 2009)
  5. 5. Youth Homelessness: The Issues • Causes (van der Ploeg, and Scholte, 1997; Robertson, 2004; Arnett, 2004, 2006) –Coming out/being outed as LGBTQ –Family economic instability –Abuse: physical, sexual, neglect –Release from foster care, juvenile justice systems –Older youth: personal economic instability
  6. 6. Youth Homelessness: The Issues • Some problems experienced –Interrupted education (Toro, Dwarsky, and Fowler, 2007) –Poor financial outlook (Cheeseman Day, J. & Newburger, E.C., 2002) –Assault, human trafficking, HIV, teen pregnancy (Robertson, 2004) –Criminal activity (van der Ploeg and Scholte, 1997)
  7. 7. WHEW!
  8. 8. Where Are DC’s Homeless Youth?
  9. 9. NUMB3RSTM = 2,494 = 2,879* = 113 = 903*
  10. 10. Here are some MORE slides that belie my supernerd tendencies and anal retentive personality.
  11. 11. What’s A City To Do? • Early Runners – Most return home quickly – Low intensity • Tactics – Prevention & Early Intervention – Group Decision Making – Community Outreach in Schools
  12. 12. What’s A City To Do? • Same as Early Runners • Intensive Case Management • Family/Youth Triage • Family Foster Care (Younger Youth) • Transitional Living (Older Youth)
  13. 13. What’s A City To Do? • Street Dependent – Navigate various settings: railways, squatting, parks, etc – High intensity • Tactics – Street Outreach & Relationship Building – Short-term Financial Assistance – Permanent Supportive Housing
  14. 14. Who’s Doing It • Sasha Bruce Youthwork* –www.sashabruce.org • Covenant House* –www.covenanthousedc.org • Latin American Youth Center –www.layc-dc.org • Wanda Alston House –www.theincdc.org
  15. 15. The Service Provider Collaborative
  16. 16. Once we have housing…
  17. 17. • @VisionSpeaks -> me • @OutTheBoat -> my org • Amanda@OutTheBoat.org • www.OutTheBoat.org • Yes, I know “Out The Boat” is bad grammar • I want you to help anyway

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