Youth Homelessness in the United States

100-Day Challenges are an onramp to the movement to prevent and end homelessness among youth and young adults with A Way Home America. 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

The challenge

The premise of the Rapid Results Approach is that innovation in both programs and systems is required to solve complex issues and that the discovery of solutions will emerge when the right people are in the room and feeling inspired, empowered, and supported to achieve seemingly impossible goals. We design the choreography of the community engagements and the 100-Day journeys of the teams to create the optimal conditions in which this can happen.

15 Communities and Growing

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 on September 9, 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.

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), 9 more communities launched 100-Day Challenges on youth homelessness in the fall of 2017.  The communities included:

  • The Urban Cohort:

    • Baltimore, Maryland

    • Hennepin County, Minnesota

    • Columbus, Ohio

    • Palm Beach County, Florida

    • Louisville, Kentucky

  • The Rural Cohort

    • 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.  Learn more about the results here and here

HUDExchange also released new in-depth case studies on the Urban Cohort, which can be found here.

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 be a Rapid Results Coach.  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 and we look forward to doing it together!  ONWARD!


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