The California Homeless Youth Project
May newsletter


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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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New Report from the HYP!
We are pleased to announce the release of our new issue brief, Sexual Exploitation and Homeless Youth in California: What Policymakers Need to Know by Shahera Hyatt, Kathryn Spuur, and Maia Sciupac (May 2012). This HYP special topic report explores the intersection between homeless youth and sexual exploitation, highlights legislation in California aimed at addressing the problem, reviews efforts underway in Alameda County, and offers recommendations to assist policymakers in responding to this population.

Video: Excellent short talk from Research Eric Rice at USC on youth homelessness and the intersection of social media and risk behaviors. Watch here.

Latest Research
A Family Intervention to Reduce Sexual Risk Behavior, Substance Use, and Delinquency Among Newly Homeless Youth, by Milburn, N., Journal of Adolescent Health (April 2012)
This report evaluated the efficacy of a short family intervention in reducing sexual risk behavior, drug use, and delinquent behaviors among homeless youth. Sexual risk behavior, alcohol use, hard drug use, and delinquent behaviors decreased significantly more during 12 months in the intervention condition compared with the control condition. Marijuana use, however, significantly increased in the intervention condition compared with the control condition.

Youth Count Media Map National Alliance to End Homelessness (April 2012)
New map of the US shows cities that have counted their homeless youth population. The goal of the map is to raise awareness of the lack of national data on youth homelessness, and to encourage communities to conduct targeted youth counts by providing them with necessary tools and resources, such as webinars, briefs, and a toolkit on counting homeless youth. If you would like to submit a report to have your community added to the map, please contact André Wade, Policy and Program Analyst.

LGBTQ Youth National Policy Statement National Alliance to End Homelessness (April 2012)
This brief features policy recommendations to improve the lives of LGBTQ youth which include promoting a culturally competent approach to service delivery and care; ensuring nondiscriminatory access to housing resources; supporting family intervention approaches that address conflict over sexual orientation and gender identity; promoting supportive services models that take into account the experiences and needs of LGBTQ youth; and Including LGBTQ youth in data collection and analysis.

Characteristics of Homeless Youth Who Use Cocaine and Methamphetamine, Nyamathi, A., et al, The American Journal on Addictions (April 2012)
Older age, having a history of incarceration, injection drug use, 10 or more sexual partners, and sex for money were associated with both cocaine and methamphetamine use. Injection drug users had over seven times greater odds of using each stimulant compared with nonusers of injection drugs; those reporting at least 10 sexual partners and alcohol use in the past 6 months were more likely to use cocaine than their peers. African Americans were also less likely than Whites to report cocaine use. Understanding of these relationships can guide interventions targeting the multiple challenges faced by this population.