Youth Homelessness in the United States

Through 100-Day Challenges, RRI is partnered with A Way Home America to build the movement to prevent and end homelessness among young people in the United States, building on the national goals laid out in Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.

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.

In August 2016, youth homelessness leaders in 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 leaders in these communities to launch 100-Day Challenges on September 9th.  One hundred days later, the three communities had ended homelessness for 426 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.  Additional communities are slated to start 100-Day Challenges in the Summer and Fall of 2017.  

How we’re tackling it

These challenges are choreographed and supported using the principles of the Rapid Results Approach: commitment to seemingly impossible goals; creating space for frontline teams to innovate and experiment; enabling full agency and self governance by the teams during their 100-day journey from goal to impact; practicing inclusive decision making, operating under conditions of high visibility and transparency.

3 Community JumpStart 100-Day Challenges

  • Three Jumpstart Communities:  Austin + Cleveland + Los Angeles.

  • Three teams in each community with additional Service Planning Area (SPA)-level teams in Los Angeles.

  • Teams launched their 100-Day Challenges on September 9th 2016 and concluded in mid-December.

Washington State 100-Day Challenges

With the support of the  Schultz Family Foundation and the Raikes Foundation, along with partners at A Way Home Washington, three communities accepted 100-Day Challenges to accelerate efforts to end youth homelessness and launched their 100-Day Challenge in April 2017.  The communities are Pierce County, Spokane County, and King County.  The Mid-Point Review occurred during mid-June 2017 as all three communities reflected on progress and strengthened strategies to ensure they make progress to reach their 100-Day Goals.  

The teams are boldly sharing their progress and monthly dashboard can be found here.  


HUD-funded Cohort of five 100-Day Challenges

With the support of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with private and philanthropic partners, five communities have accepted 100-Day Challenges to accelerate efforts to end youth homelessness.  The Rapid Results Institute with partnering with A Way Home America and HomeBase on this work.  

The following communities launched their 100-Day Challenges in the Summer of 2017 with these goals:

  • Baltimore, Maryland

  • Hennepin County, Minnesota

  • Columbus, Ohio

  • Palm Beach County, Florida

  • Louisville, Kentucky  

You can follow along on the progress with the dashboards hosted on the A Way Home America site.  

In November 2017, four more communities will be launching 100-Day Challenges which include,

  • Franklin County, Maine

  • Gulf Coast, Mississippi

  • Marion County, Oregon

  • Mendocino County, California


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