What is the Youth Homelessness Learning Collaborative?

Youth experiencing homelessness face a unique set health and housing challenges. With estimates showing upwards of 50,000 unaccompanied and parenting youth experiencing homelessness in 2017, [i] preventing and ending youth homelessness has become a national and local priority. Youth experiencing homelessness face significant health disparities and higher rates of mental health and substance use conditions, but are also at risk of underutilizing services compared to their housed counterparts. Facing histories of adverse childhood experiences, recent trauma, and stigma, youth experiencing homelessness often have co-occurring conditions. LGBTQ youth are at even higher risk for mental health and substance use conditions, and make up a disproportionate amount of the population of youth experiencing homelessness at 40%.

The Learning Collaborative Kickoff Meeting on October 23 will dive into the unique needs of youth experiencing homelessness with an emphasis on LGBTQ youth, best practices in providing care, and the intersection of behavioral health for this vulnerable population. 

We invite you to join us, and please complete the following survey sharing your experiences and needs when working with youth experiencing homelessness.

[i] HUD 2016 Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Programs Homeless Populations and Subpopulations. https://www.hudexchange.info/resource/reportmanagement/published/CoC_PopSub_NatlTerrDC_2017.pdf