Youth Homelessness – What are the Challenges for Policymakers, Practitioners, and Researchers?
The University of Chicago Gleacher Center
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
For nearly four decades, the federal government has been funding services for homeless youth by providing grants to community- and faith-based organizations as well as to local public and tribal agencies that operate emergency shelters, conduct street outreach, and operate transitional living programs. These programs serve a youth population that is diverse with respect to the reasons they are homeless, the types of assistance they need, and the resources they have to draw upon. Although research on homeless youth has contributed to our knowledge about the characteristics of this population, serving homeless youth continues to be a challenge. We do not have reliable information about the number of youth experiencing homelessness and we have limited knowledge about the effectiveness of interventions aimed at improving their outcomes.
During this forum, panelists discussed the needs of youth experiencing homelessness, how service providers are addressing those needs, and the challenges associated with serving homeless youth. Panelists also shared their thoughts about the federal programs that fund services for homeless youth and how those programs could be improved and augmented.
- Amy Dworsky, Senior Researcher, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
- Paul W. Hamann, President and CEO, The Night Ministry (TNM)
- Sherilyn Adams, Executive Director, Larkin Street Youth Services
- Bryan Samuels, Executive Director, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago