Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs Served Thousands of Youth in FY 2012

The Family and Youth Services Bureau is deeply grateful to all of our Runaway and Homeless Youth Program grantees, who work tirelessly every day to meet the federal government’s goal of ending youth homelessness by 2020. RHY grantees provided shelter and social services to tens of thousands of young people over the last fiscal year to help them heal from trauma and improve their long-term wellbeing. The White House recognized representatives from seven of those grantees as “Champions of Change” on youth homelessness last July.

Here are some highlights of the programs in fiscal year 2012:

Emergency Shelter

FYSB’s Basic Center Program offers emergency shelter and aims to quickly reunify runaway and homeless young people with their families, when doing so is safe and appropriate. In fiscal year 2012:

36,859 young people entered basic centers (some young people may have been counted more than once, if they left the program and later returned).

52 percent were girls.

51 percent were white.

32 percent were African American.

2 percent were Native American.

20 percent were Hispanic. (Hispanic youth may be of any race.)

93 percent went somewhere safe (not the street or an unknown location) when they left their basic center program.

Pathway to Independence

FYSB’s Transitional Living Program offers longer-term care for older homeless youth and prepares them for independent adulthood. In fiscal year 2012:

3,880 young people entered transitional living programs (some young people may have been counted more than once, if they left the program and later returned).

61 percent were girls.

46 percent were White.

36 percent were African American.

4 percent were Native American.

15 percent were Hispanic. (Hispanic youth may be of any race.)

89 percent went somewhere safe (not the street, a shelter or an unknown location) when they left the program.

61 percent completed the program successfully or left for another opportunity.

Reaching Out

FYSB’s Street Outreach Program puts youth workers in contact with homeless youth who are on the streets or “couch-surfing,” going from place to place because they don’t have a stable place to live.

In fiscal year 2012, street outreach workers made contact with youth more than 750,000 times, providing food and drink, health and hygiene products, basic necessities like socks and warm clothing, and referrals to social services. Of the total contacts, 22,000 resulted in the young person getting shelter.

Find more statistics about the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program in the Runaway and Homeless Youth Management Information System.