Reaching Home Workgroup: Youth and Young Adult Homelessness


Workgroup Description:
The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness amended its strategy to include an objective that specifically addresses the needs of youth. Homeless and run-away youth consist of two broad groups:

  1. Those in families who are experiencing homelessness.
  2. Unaccompanied youth, who are defined as children up to age 17 who are not residing with their legal guardians and also young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 who are not living with family members, and who are experiencing poverty and homelessness. Unaccompanied youth are more at risk than those who are stably housed to experience depression, mental health and substance abuse, and in effect, chronic homelessness.

Collecting data on the exact number of youth experiencing homelessness is extremely problematic for several reasons: the lack of a consistent definition of youth homelessness, failure of families to report youth not living with them, and the large number of unaccompanied youth who are unconnected to services or shelters.

For these reasons, the Youth and Young Adult Homelessness group is working to:

  • Examine and understand the scope of experiences of unaccompanied homeless children and youth and identify the needs of unaccompanied homeless children and youth in Connecticut.
  • Raise awareness and collect data on homeless youth.
  • Advocate for service recommendations to solve the problem.

Read the Opening Doors for Youth Plan

Click here to view a list of Youth and Young Adult Homelessness Workgroup members.

For more information about the Youth and Young Adult Homelessness Workgroup, please contact Alicia Woodsby - or 860-244-0066.

Last Updated: May 19, 2016


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