Youth Homelessness

HUD Cohort 4 and Connecticut Complete Their 100-Day Challenge to Prevent and #EndYouthHomelessness

August was an exciting month in the movement to prevent and #EndYouthHomelessness. In addition to the True Colors Impact Summit, the announcement of 23 new Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project communities, and the announcement of A Way Home America’s Grand Challenge communities, HUD Cohort 4 and Connecticut both completed their 100-Day Challenges on youth homelessness with amazing results. Here’s a breakdown from their Sustainability Workshops! 

HUD Cohort 4 Meets at Their Sustainability Workshop

The 4th HUD Cohort to accept the 100-Day Challenge to prevent and #EndYouthHomelessness consisted of 4 rural communities, including:

  • Horry County, South Carolina

  • Northern Michigan (Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford Counties)

  • Tompkins County/Ithaca, New York

  • West Tennessee

These 4 communities all came together for the very first time in Traverse City, Michigan to share their results, celebrate their achievements, and learn from one another’s experiences. Over the course of their Challenge, a collective 158 youth and young adults were safely and stably housed.

Some great conversations were had, and as these communities prepare for their What’s Next Workshops, they are ready to keep carrying forward what they learned from their Challenge!

Check out these awesome videos created by Horry County and Tompkins County on their 100-Day experiences, which were shared at the Sustainability Workshop. 

For a full breakdown of HUD Cohort 4’s results, you can find their dashboards here

The Wrap of Connecticut’s Statewide 100-Day Challenge to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness 

The same day that HUD Cohort 4 launched, Connecticut also launched an ambitious statewide initiative to prevent and end youth homelesssness, consisting of 100-Day Challenges across 7 regions in the state - aimed at jumpstarting progress towards their goal of ending youth homelessness by 2020. The communities to participate in the Challenge included:

  • Central Connecticut

  • Fairfield County

  • Greater Hartford

  • Greater New Haven

  • Meriden/Middlesex/Wallingford

  • Southeast Connecticut

  • Waterbury

As a part of this 100-Day Challenge, the RRI trained local Change Stewards to work with local leaders to develop their community’s Challenge and support the team throughout the journey. After their 100 days, these communities came together once more at the Sustainability Workshop at The Lyceum in Hartford, Connecticut. 

Through some energizing and thought-provoking conversations they learned a great deal from one another’s initiatives, delivered some inspirational presentations to the group, and celebrated their achievement of collectively housing 397 youth and young adults in just 100 days! 

And, they aren’t done yet! On the second day of the Sustainability Workshop, leaders from across the state were in attendance to share in the celebration and to help in charting the path forward. Inspired by the amazing achievements and the momentum of the 100-Day teams, they set an important date - June 30th, 2020. The date they set to accomplish their goal of ending youth homelessness across Connecticut - “so that no young person graduates into homelessness.”

To learn more about Connecticut’s 100-Day Challenge results, view their dashboards here.  

Coming Up

We couldn’t be more proud of these two groups of communities, and we can’t wait to see what amazing things they continue to achieve. We will be sure to keep everyone updated on their progress!

We are also excited to announce the 3 communities that will participate in the very first Locally Organized Cohort to accept the 100-Day Challenge to prevent and #EndYouthHomelessness. The announcement will be in our September newsletter, so be sure to subscribe

RRI Housing and Homelessness in 2018: A Year in Review

It was a busy year for the Housing and Homeless Team at the Rapid Results Institute! In addition to launching 2 more cohorts in the movement to prevent and end youth homelessness, we also launched several other projects and some additions to our program. Here’s a breakdown of what we were up to in 2018:

The Movement to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness

RRI’s primary focus in the US has been being the on-ramp for the movement to prevent and end youth homelessness. In 2018, we launched an additional 9 100-Day Challenges in communities across 2 diverse cohorts.

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HUD Cohort 2, which launched early in the year, consisted of 4 rural communities across the US. Over the course of their 100-Day Challenge, 188 youth and young adults were housed into safe and stable housing, in addition to strengthening their coordinated community response to youth homelessness. For a full list of these communities’ goals and results, view their dashboards here.

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As we announced in our last newsletter, HUD Cohort 3 launched in November 2018. These 5 communities just recently passed the 50-day mark, and the results so far have been amazing. Check out the ambitious goals they set, and their dashboards outlining their progress.

We also want to give a huge shout out to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for funding this work, HomeBase and A Way Home America for being our partners in the movement, as well as NAEH and the True Colors Fund for bringing awareness to this heartbreaking issue. We couldn’t do it without you!

Over the course of the 16 completed Challenges so far, over 1900 youth and young adults have been housed into safe and stable housing. And we aren’t done yet! Cohort 4 will be launching in early 2019, with another to follow shortly after - so be sure to stay tuned for our official announcement on the participating communities soon. Together, we can #EndYouthHomelessness!

Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative 100-Day Challenge

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In mid-2018, we partnered with the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative to launch 100-Day Challenges on system-involved young people and families in Albuquerque, NM and Sarpy County, NE. In Albuquerque, some very significant improvements were made to the systems that connect young people with adults, the community, education, and how the different organizations collaborate. In Sarpy County, not only did they make improvements to their local coordination, but 51 young adults and families increased their financial stability - exceeding their original goal. View the full write-up here.

Youth Collaboratory

Over the past year, we partnered with Youth Collaboratory, formerly known as MANY, to help facilitate the Coordinated Entry Learning Collaborative. The CELC began in 2016 with 9 communities, to provide a space for discussion on how to overcome some of the challenges that were being faced with their coordinated community response to youth homelessness. In 2018, 19 communities joined the CELC and RRI supported the great learning and discussions that took place. The CELC convenes in person on February 20th, and we look forward to continuing to support the effort!

Lehigh Valley 100-Day Challenge on Homelessness

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In October, with funding from the Harry C. Trexler Trust, we launched a 100-Day Challenge in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania to help address homelessness within their community. Check out the segment by PBS39 outlining their Challenge so far. Lehigh Valley’s 100-Day Challenge officially wraps in February, and a full summary of results and learning will be forthcoming!

Strengthening our Curriculum

An important part of our work is learning from every experience, and applying this into our ever-evolving curriculum. With funding from the Melville Charitable Trust, we strengthened our programs and developed a new training model, which is being adapted for use in the Statewide Youth Homelessness 100-Day Challenges being launched in March 2019.

And as you know, the end of the 100-Day Challenge is just the beginning for sustainable system change. With funding from the Butler Family Fund, we made significant additions to our post 100-Day Challenge work, in order to better support leaders, teams, and communities on their continued journey.

What’s Next?

As busy as 2018 was, we have no intentions of slowing down. We already have several new projects (some mentioned here) planned, and are always looking for more. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Twitter or Facebook so you can stay up to date on all things RRI.

Onward to 2019!