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Follow the 100-Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness

Published: August 31, 2016

Background

Starting September 7, organizations in Austin, Cleveland, and Los Angeles will work for 100 days in a challenge to find innovative ways to end youth homelessness. Hosted by A Way Home America (AWHA) and Rapid Results Institute, with public and private partners, including the Administration on Children, Youth and Families and Casey Family Programs, the ambitious challenge creates the sense of urgency needed to identify, innovate and fuel effective approaches for communities.

Two members of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness, Terrance Walker and Phoebe VanCleefe, are following the communities of Austin, Cleveland and Los Angeles as they accomplish their 100-Day Challenges. In this first in a series of three podcasts, Terrance and Phoebe share their reflections on the launch event in Austin and strategies for prioritizing youth and young adult voice. Listen to the Podcast.

Updates

Congratulations Austin, Cleveland, and Los Angeles! 50 days into the Challenge, 111 youth have been housed! Learn more at A Way Home America's 100-Day Challenge Overview, updated every other week.

Involvement

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) is working with a team from Microsoft to develop a mobile application that the state of Connecticut will use as their survey tool to conduct their homeless youth count in conjunction with the 2017 point in time count. The application will collect all of the HUD required data from the PIT count, as well as a variety of additional questions that were formulated with the assistance of the Voices of Youth Count initiative of Chapin Hall. CCEH plans to make this application available to additional regions who are interested in using it to conduct youth counts in their own regions – if you are interested in making this tool available in your community please contact Brian Roccapriore. You can also sign up for an informational webinar taking place Thursday, November 17, 2016, 12pm-1pm EST.

Join AWHA and colleagues across the movement for a conversation about strategy in the coming year. Hop on the google hangout December 2, 2016, at 2pm EST/11am PST.

Check back often to follow the challenge, milestones and lessons learned in the three cities.

Resources

ACF Family Room Blog: A 100-day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness in Three Cities

Last Reviewed: November 15, 2016

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