Voices of Youth Count

Understanding and ending youth homelessness

Voices of Youth Count is a national Chapin Hall initiative to bring actionable evidence to prevent and end youth homelessness. From 2015 through 2017, Chapin Hall conducted the most comprehensive examination to date of youth homelessness, incorporating youth voices to develop achievable solutions. Since the Fall of 2017, Chapin Hall has published nine seminal reports on youth experiencing homelessness.

Voices of Youth Count examines:

  • The size and characteristics of the runaway and homeless youth population
  • The reasons youth become homeless
  • The services and strategies they use to survive
  • The roles of federal policies and programs in enabling communities and service providers to address their needs

The project’s initial report provided a national overview of youth homelessness in America. Since then, the project has released a series of reports that address different aspects of youth experiencing homelessness.

All of this work is designed to provide evidence to service providers, policy makers, advocates and funders who are working to prevent and end youth homelessness.

The work is led by a research and policy team that includes Dr. Matthew Morton, an expert in  research and policy in community development and youth homelessness; Beth Horwitz, a senior policy analyst who works with communities to apply evidence to practice; and Dr. Melissa Kull, a researcher with expertise in housing and homelessness. Chapin Hall Research Fellow Dr. Amy Dworsky also brings her considerable experience in foster youth research to the Voices work.

For more information about Voices of Youth Count, please visit our website or contact us at voyc@chapinhall.org.