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
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Update from The HYP
In February, The CA Homeless Youth Project went to the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Conference on Ending Youth & Family, where we presented on Effectively Collecting, Coordinating, and Using Youth Data. See slides and handouts from the presentation here, and read about the youth themes addressed at the conference here.
The City of San Jose, in partnership with nonprofit homeless research specialist Applied Survey Research (ASR), has adopted specialized strategies to include youth in its biennial Point-In-Time (PIT) count of homeless people. This effort began after local homeless youth and youth advocates argued that traditional PIT count strategies failed to identify young people and led to a consistent undercount of the homeless youth in the community. Using new approaches, San Jose completed its most recent count in 2011, identifying 601 unaccompanied homeless youth - well over the over the 373 youth counted in 2009.
This paper examines service usage (e.g., shelters) as well as a typology of individuals most likely to use groupings of services among homeless youth. Results revealed that the majority of homeless youth have used food programs (66%) and street outreach (65%) on at least one occasion within the past year. Cluster analysis of services revealed four distinct groups: (1) basic survival service use,
(2) multiple service use, (3) incarceration experience, and (4) minimal service use. These findings have the potential to provide important information that may assist with targeting services to homeless youth.
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