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Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program: Final Report


Report Acceptance Date: July 2022 (164 pages)

Posted Date: March 21, 2023

In 2017, HUD awarded $33 million to 10 Continuums of Care (CoCs) in Round 1 of YHDP to develop and implement coordinated community approaches to preventing and ending homelessness of youth ages 14-24. Under contract to PD&R, Westat conducted a 4-year evaluation of this initial set of 10 YHDP sites. The evaluation employed a longitudinal, cross-site implementation evaluation that compared outcomes for the selected sites to outcomes of three non-YHDP comparison CoCs. The study seeks to understand three key areas: 1) the baseline status of the systems in place within each selected community that served targeted youth; 2) the changes to systems that improved access to housing and services for targeted youth over time; and 3) changes to how many youth were reached by local systems and their demographic composition. Through qualitative interviews with local stakeholders and youth serving on Youth Action Boards (YABs) , focus groups with youth experiencing homelessness, two waves of national CoC surveys, and analysis of Homelessness Management Information Systems (HMIS) data, the study found that the 10 YHDP sites studied were more intentionally designed to serve youth, increased coordination among community partners, and expanded youth-specific services when compared to the three non-YHDP sites.

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Issue Briefs:

document icon  Changes in Youth Homelessness Service and Housing Systems: A National Picture

document icon  Understanding Racial Inequities in Youth Homelessness: Learning from HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program

document icon  Housing Models for Serving Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Learning from HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program

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