USICH Releases Details of Framework for Ending Youth Homelessness

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, or USICH, released a detailed outline of its framework for ending youth homelessness, first unveiled as part of last fall’s amendment to Opening Doors, the federal strategy for ending homelessness. “Framework to End Youth Homelessness: A Resource Text for Dialogue and Action” (PDF, 803KB) sets out the steps necessary to end homelessness among young people by 2020.

“This new resource provides a roadmap for all of us combating youth homelessness at the federal, state and local levels,” says Debbie A. Powell, Acting Associate Commissioner for the Family and Youth Services Bureau, which administers the federal government’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Program. “It strengthens our ability to work together to reach the ultimate goals of keeping young people safe and housed and preparing them for independence.”

The framework, developed over more than a year by a federal interagency youth homelessness workgroup co-led by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families and USICH, outlines two strategies:

Strategy 1: Get better data

 Phase 1

  • Develop better strategies for counting youth in point-in-time counts of homelessness
  • Coordinate federal data systems that collect information on youth experiencing homelessness and their receipt of services

Phase 2

  • Launch a national study on the prevalence and characteristics of youth homelessness

Phase 3

  • Use the national study methodology to make periodic estimates of youth homelessness over time

Strategy 2: Build capacity for impact

Phase 1

  • Disseminate a preliminary, research-informed intervention model for approaching service delivery
  • Review screening and assessment tools and effective interventions to improve youth outcomes

Phase 2

  • Improve service capacity for homeless youth and subpopulations

Phase 3

  • Implement service strategies and evaluating those strategies

Go to USICH’s Framework to End Youth Homelessness page