The California Homeless Youth Project
July newsletter

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About Us
The California Homeless Youth Project (HYP) is a non-partisan research and policy initiative of the California Research Bureau that highlights the issues and challenges faced by young people who are homeless or lack stable housing. For more information, please see our website.

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What's New from the HYP!
The CA Homeless Youth Project and the LA Homeless Services Authority are proud to announce the release of our new Toolkit to Help Continuums of Care Count Homeless Youth. In a recent presentation to the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, Nan Roman from the National Alliance to End Homelessness recommended requiring youth providers and local CoCs to include youth in the HUD mandated point in time counts in 2013, and noted that any inclusion of youth will be an improvement in being able to size and scope the population.

In June we also welcomed a new intern, Jimmy Ramirez, to the Homeless Youth Project. "When Jimmy Ramirez signed up to join the California Homeless Youth Project for the summer, he wasn’t looking to enhance his list of accomplishments. He was on a mission…” Learn more about Jimmy in this article, "Former Homeless Teen Offers Hope to Others."

The Los Angeles Times recently featured the new HYP report, Sexual Exploitation & Homeless Youth in California: What Policymakers Need to Know, in their PolitiCal blog urging California to do more to help sexually exploited minors.

Latest Research
Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program: Data Collection Summary , National Center for Homeless Education (June 2012)
NCHE reports that 1,065,794 homeless students were enrolled in the 2010-11 school year, a 13% increase from 2009-10, and an 11% increase over the three-year period. Unaccompanied homeless youth were the only group of homeless students to have a decrease in the number served in 2010-11, which decreased 16% between 2009-10 and 2010-11, though there was a 4% increase in the number of unaccompanied homeless youth in the same period of time.

Profiles of Risk: Child Health, Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness (June 2012)
This research brief is the 9th in a series exploring poverty in the context of housing status. This brief highlights differences in child well-being and examines how child health differs by housing status, finding that children who face housing instability suffer from poor health at an early age.

Unaccompanied Youth Toolkit National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (May 2012)
This toolkit is specifically designed to help shelters and service providers improve educational outcomes and access to education.

Housing for Youth Aging out of Foster Care: A Review of the Literature and Program Typology, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (April 2012)
The report discusses what is known about the housing needs and outcomes of youth who age out of foster care, information on how communities try to address the issue, and a review of the state and local housing programs available to this population of youth.