Building from Success

Building from Success

Perceived Benefits and Implementation Challenges of Comprehensive Service Models for Youth and Young Adults At-Risk of Homelessness
Published: Sep 30, 2021
Publisher: OPRE Report #2021-199. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Building Program Capacity to Support Youth at Risk of Homelessness (YARH): Phases I-III

Time frame: Phase I: 2013-2015 Phase II: 2015-2019 Phase III: 2019-2022

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

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Key Findings
  • Youth practitioners gave youth and young adults time and attention and learned youth-centered approaches to empower them to advocate for themselves and create solutions to their challenges.
  • Youth practitioners prioritized establishing a trusting relationship with youth and young adults.
  • Youth and young adults enjoyed regular contact with their youth practitioner because they received support and perceived investment in their goals.
  • The comprehensive service models supported youth in expressing their needs and requesting services according to their preferences and goals.
  • Model services helped youth and young adults advocate for themselves in their interactions with formal supports.

This brief describes perceived benefits of the Youth At-Risk of Homelessness (YARH) comprehensive service models to youth and young adults and child welfare systems. The brief provides recommendations for implementing models intended to reduce homelessness among youth and young adults with child welfare involvement. The brief should be of interest to federal and state policymakers.

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