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Transitional Living Program Evaluation Studies, 2014-2019

Project Overview

The 2003 Reauthorization of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act called for a study of long-term outcomes for youth who are served through the Transitional Living Program (TLP). In response, OPRE and ACF’s Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) are sponsoring a study that will capture data from youth at program entry and up to 12 months after program entry and will assess long-term outcomes related to housing, education and employment, social and emotional well-being, and permanent connections.

OPRE and FYSB are also sponsoring a process evaluation of the 2016 Transitional Living Program Special Population Demonstration Project. This FYSB grant program targets LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness who are between the ages of 16 to 21, as well as young adults who have left foster care after the age of 18 up to age 21, but who may still need housing and services. The process evaluation will assess grantees’ implementation of the demonstration project, which seeks to support promising strategies for helping homeless youth transition to self-sufficient adults. Grantees may serve either or both of the project’s target populations based on an assessment of their community’s needs.

The TLP program is administered by ACF and the evaluation is being funded through the ACF’s Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB). OPRE co-manages the evaluation with FYSB.