Maryland's First Unaccompanied Homeless Youth & Young Adult Count: Findings from Youth REACH MD Phase 2
PublisherUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore. School of Social Work. Institute for Innovation & Implementation
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Other TitlesFindings from Maryland's First Unaccompanied Homeless Youth & Young Adult Count: Youth REACH MD Phase 2 Report.
AbstractEvery night in Maryland, thousands of youth and young adults living on their own turn to their a friend's couch, a stranger's house, a vacant building, the street, or some other tenuous or unsuitable location for a place to sleep. These are unaccompanied homeless youth - youth or young adults under 25 years old who are not in the care of their parents or guardians and lack access to safe, adequate, and reliable housing. We know these youth are individuals with their own stories and experiences and that they are not defined by their housing status. This report—and all of the work of Youth REACH MD—is designed to identify the common challenges and barriers that result in youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in order to end youth homelessness. No finding, statement, or analysis in this report should be taken to diminish the importance of the voices of youth and young adults or to minimize the individual experiences, preferences, and vision for the future that each youth and young adult has for themselves. This report reflects the aggregate findings regarding a diverse population of youth and young adults who were willing share of themselves by participating in this survey, and we are grateful to them for sharing their stories and experiences with us and for helping us to gain new and deeper understanding of what it means to experience homelessness.
Table of ContentsNote to Readers; Introduction & Purpose; Methods, State Preparation & CoC Engagement, Refining the Definition, Social Marketing & Incentives, Local Implementation, School Engagement, Enumeration, Data Strategy; Findings, Results from the Survey, A Closer Look: Survey & HMIS Data in Baltimore City; Conclusions; Works Cited; Appendices, Appendix 1: Youth REACH MD Definition Guidance, Appendix 2: Youth REACH MD Survey, Appendix 3: Local Implementation Strategies: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Prince George's County, Lower Shore, Washington County; Appendix 4: Foster Care in Maryland
DescriptionThis report, with contributors from the Youth REACH MD Steering Committee, the Baltimore Homeless Youth Initiative and the Youth Empowered Society, describes common challenges and barriers that result in youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.
SponsorsFunding for the Demonstration Project was provided by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.
Keywordunaccompanied homeless youth
Youth REACH MD
Surveys and Questionnaires
Identifier to cite or link to this itemhttp://hdl.handle.net/10713/7407
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