Youth Services Insider


What Works to Fight Youth Homelessness? We Don’t Know Much, Review Finds

A comprehensive new review of programs and practices aimed at tackling youth homelessness did not identify a silver bullet but rather suggested some promising areas for further study — and a crying need for more and better evidence of what works.


Catching Charges to Get Foster Care’s Help

If ever there was a modern-day orphan in American suburbia, surely Meritsa Sedillo fit the profile. At 17, she slept on hard rubber flooring beneath a play structure in an East Bay elementary schoolyard.

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Homeless Youth Found Infected in New York as Providers Clamor for Help

A young person tested positive for the fast-spreading coronavirus at a New York runaway and homeless youth shelter today, the same day program directors implored city leaders to pay attention to the dire situation for youth living on the streets.


A Keychain, a Box of Chocolates, and a Certificate of Emancipation

Emancipation Day. Also known as the worst day of my young adult life. Although I wasn’t prepared to actually leave foster care, I had anticipated this day ever since I entered, nine years earlier.


Federal Government Holding Mural Contest for Runaway, Homeless Youth

The Family and Youth Services Bureau, a division of the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF), is hosting the eighth iteration of its mural contest for runaway and homeless youth.


Scripps Family Auction Raises Tens of Thousands for Transition Aged Foster Youth

At the uncommon intersection of philanthropy, real estate and community, a pair of nonprofits joined forces over the weekend to put on a unique fundraiser benefiting transition-aged foster youth and homeless families in San Diego County.


    Bleeding in the Streets: Feminine Hygiene ‘Luxury Items’ Beyond Reach of Homeless Women

    For homeless women, getting their monthly periods is one of the most difficult challenges they face. California Assembly Bill 1561 is looking to provide a measure of relief to women and the difficulties they currently are resigned to accept when homeless while menstruating.


    2016 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count Sets New Precedents for Documenting the Homeless Population

    Over three days in late January, more than 7,000 volunteers fanned out across Los Angeles County to count the homeless population as part of Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s now-annual Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count.

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    Harlem Church Foreclosure Spells Potential Expansion, Poetic Justice for LGBTQ Youth Center

    “Poetic justice” is a phrase rarely used to describe unpaid bills, foreclosure or youth homelessness. However, in recent weeks in Harlem, the phrase has been repeated in everything from prominent blogs to local news coverage as an LGBTQ youth support center attempts to expand into a nearby church.