1. Lasting Impact of Homelessness on Student Achievement

    Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness - Aftershocks: The Lasting Impact of Homelessness on Student Achievement

    During the 2013–14 school year, over 117,000 public school students in New York City— 11% of the total student population—were either homeless or had experienced homelessness within the previous three years. Educators have long known the negative effect that housing instability can have on a child’s education, but new evidence suggests that these effects do not end when a student is stably housed. Understanding the extent to which the instability created by homelessness can have a lasting impact on a child’s education is increasingly important for teachers, parents, and policymakers alike. This brief looks at the educational outcomes of homeless and formerly homeless students during the 2013–14 school year and the implications these outcomes have for education policy in New York City.

  2. NYC Department of Homeless Services Reduces Barriers (Turn Aways) at DHS Drop-In Centers

    DHS Reduces Drop-In Barriers

    DHS-funded drop-ins are no longer to turn away individuals with a recent shelter history (or "base shelter").   This is a major tangible shift that will give many young people an option not to have to sleep on the concrete!

    "Effective immediately, please be advised that there is no front door requirement to screen out clients who have shelter stays within the last months.  DHS (Department of Homeless Services) Drop-In Centers will accept all clients who present to their facility if they are brought in by an outreach team or arrive as a walk-in, regardless of their shelter history.

    Drop-In Centers are a safety net program for clients who do not want to use the traditional shelter system.  Drop-In Centers offer concrete services for clients such as food and showers and provide case management for clients wiht the goal of connecting them to permanent housing."

  3. Policy and Resource Updates

    This is an update of Federal Policy Initiatives and Resources for Homeless and Runaway Youth. (Thanks to MANY, Inc. for some of the information!)

    A Way Home America (AWHA)    Over the past several months, an expanding group of federal, state, and local agencies, philanthropic partners, service providers, advocates, researchers, and young people have been meeting to strategize about ways to create a national movement to achieve the goals of the Opening Doors Federal Strategic Plan to End Homelessness to prevent and end youth homelessness by the end of 2020.   Currently in the process of hiring a Director to manage the movement, this group is leading ambitious goals related to practice, policy and communications that will leverage local, state and national momentum.  Expect to hear more about this movement in May.

    HUD Demonstration Program    HUD is currently designing a demonstration project, an investment of up to $33 million, to implement projects that demonstrate how a comprehensive approach can dramatically reduce youth homelessness. These projects would involve youth ages 24 and under in up to 10 communities, including at least four rural communities. For more information on coordinated community responses, check out USICH’s guidance document.

    SAMHSA CABHI Funding Opportunity    This is the first SAMHSA homeless-specific FOA that includes youth and families as a target population (previously focused on veterans and chronically homeless) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Cooperative Agreements to Support Homeless Individuals (CABHI) grants will increase the capacity of providers to provide youth with accessible, effective, comprehensive, coordinated, integrated, and evidence-based treatment services; permanent supportive housing; peer supports; and other critical services for youth who have substance use disorders (SUDs), serious mental illness (SMI), serious emotional disturbance (SED), or co-occurring mental and substance use disorders (CODs).

    Basic Center Funding Opportunity    The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) received an increase of $4.98 million (or 4%) over the FY 2015 enacted level.  Even with this increase, we expect intense competition again this year.  In 2014, of the 114 existing programs that were up for competition only 78 of them were funded, along with 36 new programs. 

    Street Outreach Funding Opportunity    Expect there to be more awards this year than the last two years.  However, keep in mind, in 2014, of the 50 experienced programs that were up for competition, only 17 were successful in securing funding.  Therefore, we expect similar levels of competition this year even though there will be more awards overall.  

  4. New Report on LGBTQ Youths' Interactions with the Criminal Justice System

    Locked In: Interactions with the Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Systems for LGBTQ Youth, YMSM, and YWSW Who Engage in Survival Sex

    Locked In: 
    Interactions with the Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Systems for
    LGBTQ Youth, YMSM, and YWSW Who Engage in Survival Sex


    In the second of a series of reports, 283 LGBTQ youth tell their own powerful stories of what their interactions with the criminal justice and child welfare systems have been like, and how these experiences of abuse and harassment have created varying degrees of mistrust and trauma.  The report also includes the perspectives of 68 criminal justice and child welfare stakeholders, and what they believe the challenges are to addressing the needs of this population. The youth also make suggestions regarding the policy and practice changes they would like to see, and provide their opinions on what they perceive as harmful or helpful for their lives. The third and final report will provide a more in-depth analysis of these youth’s health and social service experiences.

    Follow @urbaninstitute@MeredithDank, and @KateSVillarreal as we tweet some of our key findings throughout the week. 

    Of course, this extensive work could not have been done without the support of our partners and funders: Streetwise and Safe, Urban Institute, the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. We cannot thank them enough.

  5. Coalition for Homeless Youth Statewide Conference on Homeless and Runaway Youth

    From HERE to THERE: CHY's Statewide Conference on the Expanse and Impact of Youth Homelessness Across the Many Spectrums of New York State Wednesday, November 4, 2015 8:30am – 5pm

    Registrations are due by Thursday, October 29th, 2015

     To obtain Registration email:

    Coffee and Lunch will be provided


    This Training Conference is supported by a grant from NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)


    Downtown SUNY Albany Campus 135 Western Ave., Milne 200 Room, Albany, NY


    8:30am – 9:00am:      Registration/Coffee 

    9:00am – 9:30am:      WELCOME

    9:30am – 11:00am:  WORKSHOP SESSION 1

    A.      National Network for Youth and Federal Policy Update and Strategic Recommendations – Amy Louttit, NN4Youth     An overview of current Homeless and Runaway Youth legislative and budget items in the Federal Government


    B.      Framing Harm Reduction for Homeless Youth – Jerry Otero, Drug Policy Alliance    Revisiting Harm Reduction as a Best Practice for engaging and treating homeless youth with substance use and a variety of concerns


    C.      Strategies for Integrating and Prioritizing RHY into Continuums of Care (CoC) Amanda Aykanian, National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services (Facilitator); Panelists: Michael Berg, Family of Woodstock; Andrew Gilpin, CAPTAINCares; Edline Jacquet – Supportive Housing Network of New York.).    This panel will present 3-4 organizations or people who have “successfully” transitioned RHY needs into both youth and adult systems or built cooperative relationships with their Continuum as a long time youth provider. We would like them to go over present best practices, challenges faced and lessons learned from each COCs on how youth programs fit into HUD's priorities and local priorities and recommendations going to move forward

    11:00am – 11:15:        BREAK

    11:15am – 12:45pm:   WORKSHOP SESSION 2

    A.      Panel on RHY and Public Agency Resources (HUD, OMH, OTDA, OASAS, OCFS), Facilitator: Sam Miller, HUD


    B.      Considerations for Counting Homeless Youth in New York State – Jessica Raithel, CIDI    Understanding the extent of youth homelessness in a community is not only essential for planning and programming, but it is also increasingly a focus in HUD’s point-in-time counts. Experiences and recommendations for planning and implemented a homeless youth count through a collaboration between city agencies, runway and homeless youth providers, and advocates.


    C.      Boots-On-The-Ground Referrals: Trafficked RHY and DSS – Valerie Douglas, Center for Youth; Rebecca Migliorati, RHY Coordinator/DSS:       This workshop will talk about the practical, hands-on Referral Process between RHY, Trafficking and DSS" and talk about ways to build stronger collaborative relationships with local Departments of Social Services

    12:45pm – 1:45pm:   LUNCH (provided)  Speaker:  NYS Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal (D) Assembly District 67

    1:45pm – 2:30pm:   RESEARCH:   New York RHY Program Impact Study Presentation and Q and A 
    –       Marya Gwadz, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Transdisciplinary Methods Core, Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) New York University College of Nursing
    –       Margo Hirsch, Project Consultant

    2:30pm – 2:45pm:     BREAK

    2:45pm – 4:00pm      ROUND TABLES

    We require that each Round Table have a flipchart and take COPIOUS notes, otherwise the discussion goes nowhere.

    ·       Listening Session/Q&A with OCFS:  RHY Certification/Monitoring Process – Matt Beck, OCFS

    ·       RHY and Trafficking Conversation:  Rapid Screening Tool and Referrals/DSS Linkages – Madeline Hannan, International Organization for Adolescents

    ·       Proactive Prevention Strategies for RHY Substance Users – Jerry Otero, Drug Policy Alliance and Chris Collazo, Harm Reduction Coalition

    ·       Street Outreach Challenges, Strategies and Recommendations – Open Discussion

    ·       Rural Service Resources and Challenges – Open Discussion

    ·       Statewide Policy Planning – Jim Bolas, Coalition for Homeless Youth


    4:00pm – 4:30pm:     Report Back from Round Tables and Next Steps/Recommendations

    4:30pm – 5:00pm:     CLOSING (Evaluation)

  6. End the Cycle of Youth Homelessness - NYS Ride 8/3/15 0 8/10/15

    Coalition for Homeless Youth's Cycle to End Youth Homelessness!

    End the Cycle of Youth Homelessness Ride


    The Coalition for Homeless Youth and other advocacy groups have been successful in restoring $2.18 million dollars to New York State funding to programs housing homeless youth that has been lost over the past 7 years. To bring attention to the needs of Homeless Youth and to help the Coalition for Homeless Youth to continue our advocacy work, the CHY is supporting a bicycle ride across NY from Lake Erie to Manhattan.

    This is the first year of our “End the CYCLE of youth homelessness” campaign. This year it will be a solo ride by Roger Williams, a member of the CHY board, and the Division Director of Shelter Services and Supportive Housing at Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry NY. We would like him to stop at our member agencies and County Youth Bureaus along the route (roughly along NY route 17 to Beacon NY and route 9 to Manhattan) ending at Covenant House on the West Side).


    Estimated Route with all ride days will begin at 8am:

    August 3rd               The ride begins; Barcelona Café Lake Erie

                                        First Day ends in Olean (85 miles)

    August 4th               Day 2 ends in Elmira (109 miles)

    August 5th               Day 3 ends in Binghamton (67 miles)

    August 6th               Day 4 ends in Liberty (92 miles)

    August 7th               Day 5 ends in Poughkeepsie (51.5 miles… over the Shwangunks! )

    August 8th               Day 6 ends in Valhalla (58 miles)

    August 9th               Day 7 ENDS IN MANHATTAN (28.8 miles)