Youth Homelessness in the United States
100-Day Challenges are an onramp to the A Way Home America movement to prevent and end homelessness among youth and young adults in the United States. We are building upon the national goals laid out in Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness and aligning with USICH's criteria and benchmarks. Additionally, we have partnered with the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development and HomeBase to launch 100-Day Challenges with communities across the country. So far, 21 communities have accepted the 100-Day Challenge to prevent and end youth homelessness.
According to a study by Chapin Hall, 1 in 10 young people and 1 in 30 adolescents experience homelessness at some point during the year in the US, with that rate being even higher for youth who identify as LGBTQ+ and youth of color. There is a pressing need for efficient and sustainable solutions to solve this heartbreaking issue in communities around America.
In August 2016, System Leaders in three communities: Austin, Cleveland, and Los Angeles, united around a challenge to make significant progress; in 100 days on key outcome indicators related to youth homelessness in their communities. RRI Catalysts worked with a 100-Day Team and Leaders in these communities to launch 100-Day Challenges in September of 2016.
One hundred days later, the three communities had ended homelessness for 428 youth and young adults, and each community had built a system for coordinating its efforts to reach, assess, assist, and connect youth to safe and stable housing. You can read more about the Jumpstart Communities here.
A Way Home Washington
Next, three communities in Washington State: Pierce, Spokane, and King Counties, launched their 100-Day Challenges in April of 2017. This work was done in partnership with A Way Home Washington with support from the Raikes Foundation and the Schultz Family Foundation. After 100 days, 615 youth and young adults exited homelessness. The key findings report highlights the progress that was made and insights into how results and changes were achieved
Through support from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and HomeBase, 9 more communities launched 100-Day Challenges on youth homelessness in 2017. The communities included:
Hennepin County, Minnesota
Palm Beach County, Florida
Franklin County, Maine
Gulf Coast, Mississippi
Marion County, Oregon
Mendocino County, California
Over the course of 100 days in these 9 communities, 875 youth and young adults exited homelessness into safe and stable housing. HUDExchange also released in-depth case studies on HUD Cohort 1, which can be found here.
For a full breakdown of the 16 completed Challenges so far, view our summary.
In November of 2018, 5 additional communities launched 100-Day Challenges - representing the 3rd HUD Cohort to accept the Challenge to prevent and end youth homelessness. These communities include:
Miami-Dade County, Florida
Prince George’s County, Maryland
Southern Nevada/Las Vegas, Nevada
Suburban Cook County, Illinois
Their Challenge and still ongoing, and you can track the progress of these communities in real time by visiting their dashboards - and be sure to keep an eye out for an announcement regarding their final results and a new Cohort to launch in 2019!
US Senate Report
The US Senate Report for the FY 2019 T-HUD appropriations bill praised HUD’s funding of 100-Day Challenges to prevent and end youth homelessness, stating:
“The Committee applauds HUD's decision to use a portion of its technical assistance funding to support the 100-Day Challenge Initiative, a program that helps communities accelerate efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness. By offering local service providers the opportunity to come together to identify impediments and establish goals, the 100-Day Challenge leaves communities better prepared to confront youth homelessness in a comprehensive manner. The program also lays the groundwork for participants seeking to apply for a Youth Homelessness Demonstration Grant award.”
Our vision is that communities across the country jumpstart or accelerate their coordinated community response to end and prevent youth homelessness through 100-Day Challenges. We anticipate additional cohorts in the future, but know that these are limited based on criteria from the funding source. Therefore, please reach out because we would love to figure out a way to work with you!
We are also supporting work with communities to prepare to launch a 100-Day Challenge, post-100-Day support, and a training model for local representatives to act as Coaches. We know that the end of the 100-Day Challenge is just the beginning, and there are tough questions (additional resource) that we need to address. There is a lot of work to do - but together, we can #EndYouthHomelessness! ONWARD!
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