Measuring Up: Youth-level Outcomes and Measures for System Responses to Youth Homelessness

In the work to end youth homelessness, there is general agreement that young people need stable housing, permanent connections, education and/or employment,and an overall sense of well-being to succeed and thrive—and to make sure theynever experience homelessness again. Indeed, to receive federal funding throughthe Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, community-based grantees must measureand report on outcomes in these core areas. To date, however, there has been limitedfederal guidance on how this should be done. What to measure—and how to measure it—remains a glaring gap. As a result, providers and systems struggle to independentlyidentify these measures, and there is wide inconsistency nationally.

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