Are Coordinated Community Approaches the Key to Ending Youth Homelessness?

Are coordinated community approaches to preventing and ending youth homelessness effective? Insights about this issue are available in a newly released report that was authored by Westat researchers: Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program: Early Implementation Report. The research was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Westat is conducting a 4-year evaluation of 10 Continuums of Care (CoCs) in the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). The CoCs were funded to develop innovative services and housing approaches for youth.  The report provides a cross-site assessment of the 10 YHDP CoCs’ baseline status and planning efforts and compares them to 3 peer CoCs. Authors of the report include Westat’s Kathryn A. Henderson, Ph.D., Debra J. Rog, Ph.D., Bernadette V. Blanchfield, Ph.D., Clara A. Wagner, Ph.D.,  Eleanor M. Kerr, M.P.H., and Harihar Bhattarai, M.P.H.

“These 10 YHDP communities and 3 peer communities offer an unique opportunity for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers to learn about system-wide strategies for addressing youth homelessness in a variety of settings,” notes Dr. Henderson. “This report provides an understanding of how the communities are tackling this challenge.”

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