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Engaging Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Resource Topic: Special and Vulnerable Populations, Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)

Resource Subtopic: Health Equity.

Year Developed: 2016

Resource Type: Publication

Primary Audience: Special Populations

Language: English

Developed by: National Health Care for the Homeless Council (See other resources developed by this organization).

Resource Summary: The large numbers of young people experiencing homelessness in the United States each year are at significant risk of diseases, injuries and developmental delays that can impair their functioning, potentially for their entire lives. Moreover, engaging them in services can be difficult for a variety of legal, psychological, and practical reasons. Wanting to minimize the risks faced by these young people, to improve their health status, and to help them avoid a lifetime of homelessness, Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) and other service providers have developed various strategies for engaging homeless youth in systems of care. This publication describes practices and services that HCH agencies have found to be helpful in engaging youth experiencing homelessness.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,375,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.