September 2014 Archive

30/09/2014 - Ending Youth Homelessness: A Call to Action Forty Years in the Making

Forty years ago, the U.S. government took the bold step of making the landmark Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, or RHYA, the law of the land. RHYA is the only Federal law that highlights the need for and funds critical services for youth experiencing homelessness. In July 2014, Congress introduced the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (S.2646), new legislation that, if enacted, would reauthorize and strengthen RHYA. With continued funding for street outreach, basic center and transitional living programs, RYHA provides critical services and support to runaway and homeless youth and plays an important role in the effort end youth homelessness by 2020, a goal set in Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.

24/09/2014 - Partnering with Landlords to End Homelessness

People experiencing homelessness need homes. This is the simple solution to ending homelessness, right? The complexity comes in finding, and funding, the homes. Read on to find out how stakeholders in King County, Washington, are succeeding at both.

23/09/2014 - Stand Up and Be Counted: Better Data Collection on Youth Experiencing Homelessness

HUD’s annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count serves as the most consistent year-to-year measure of the number of people experiencing homelessness in America. However, the PIT count has been limited in providing a national estimate for one important Opening Doors population: youth unaccompanied by adults.

18/09/2014 - Meeting the Unique Needs of Families

Whether as a result of a health or economic crisis or fleeing domestic violence, the experience of homelessness is extremely traumatizing for families generally, and can be especially traumatizing for children. We know that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution for every family experiencing a housing crisis. Connecting families to housing interventions and services that are appropriate to their specific needs is an essential part of the actions we identified as critical to meeting the goal of ending homelessness.


18/09/2014 - Spotlight on Solutions: Tailored Interventions and Assistance for Families

Ending homelessness among families and children is a priority for the nation and for every community; using tailored interventions and assistance unique to the needs of families is one of the four strategies outlined in the resource Family Connection: Building Systems to End Family Homelessness. 

16/09/2014 - Serving Young Children Experiencing Homelessness

Homelessness has many faces. People experiencing homelessness can be old or young, male or female, and can come from any ethnic background.

10/09/2014 - How Our Shelter Began Focusing on Permanent Housing, And Started Ending Homelessness for Our Clients

When I joined the staff of Northern Virginia Family Service (NVSF) as the program manager of the SERVE Shelter in February 2010, I had many things to learn about the 60-bed facility for singles and families located in Manassas, Va., approximately 35 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. Though the beds were filled, it was evident that clients were staying for long periods of time, many up to six months or longer.

08/09/2014 - A Sea Change in Fresno’s Homelessness Crisis Response

The 25 Cities Effort is designed to help communities intensify and integrate their local efforts to end Veteran and chronic homelessness. 

03/09/2014 - Two Tennessee Partnerships Create Effective Solutions for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Two partnerships in Tennessee that are making a difference in ending youth homelessness in the region.