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Youth Homelessness: Barriers and Strengths. Case Study/Small Group Activity Common Reasons for Youth Homelessness Barriers Faced by Homeless Youth Strength Based Approach to Working with Homeless Youth Resources Jennifer M. Lock, MS 2013. Homeless Youth.

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Youth homelessness barriers and strengths

Youth Homelessness:Barriers and Strengths

Case Study/Small Group Activity

Common Reasons for Youth Homelessness

Barriers Faced by Homeless Youth

Strength Based Approach to Working with Homeless Youth

Resources

Jennifer M. Lock, MS

2013


Homeless youth

Homeless Youth

According to the Wilder Research Center’s 2009 survey on Homelessness in Minnesota,

  • The number of homeless youth (12-21) grew by 46% between 2006 and 2009

  • The number of homeless youth (18-21) grew by 57% during that same time period- the largest growth of any age group surveyed

  • Every night there are approximately 2,500 youth without a safe place to stay in the state of MN

  • Youth come from Urban. Suburban and Rural areas


Case study small group activity

Case Study/Small Group Activity

  • Work with the other people at your table to answer the following questions about the youth in your case study:

    • What barriers is this youth facing?

    • What strengths/resources does this youth already have?

    • What services would you recommend this youth find or receive?


Common reasons for youth homelessness

Common Reasons for Youth Homelessness

GLBT

Parent, family mental illness or chemical dependency

Aging out of Foster Care or the Juvenile Justice System

Family Conflict or Overcrowding

Escaping from Abusive or Unsafe Family Situation

Family Homelessness due to Eviction or Foreclosure

Become pregnant


Glbt specific barriers and services

GLBT Specific Barriers and Services

Nationally, somewhere between 20-40% of homeless youth identify as GLBT

GLBT identified youth are often hesitant to use shelter services, not knowing whether shelter staff will be judgmental or lack skills to work with them

Transgender youth in particular struggle in the shelter system, shelters may not have single rooms for youth and may not know whether to put a trans youth in a “male” or “female” dorm room

GLBT Host Home Program specifically works with GLBT Identified youth, housing them in host homes with GLBT or allied adults, only serves up to 10 youth at a time

TYSN (Trans Youth Support Network) provides a safe space for transgender youth and many activities


Barriers for homeless youth

Barriers for Homeless Youth

  • Educational Barriers


Barriers for homeless youth1

Barriers for Homeless Youth

  • Employment Barriers


Barriers for homeless youth2

Barriers for Homeless Youth

  • Youth are more likely than adults to be victimized in adult shelters

  • Only a handful of shelters designated for youth, fewer than 100 beds specifically for youth under 21 in the metro area

  • Fewer than 400 transitional living beds in the state


Strengths based approach to working with homeless youth

Strengths Based Approach to Working with Homeless Youth

  • Trust Building

  • Harm Reduction

  • Acknowledging Resiliency

  • Youth can easily tell if you are judging them or their choices, being nonjudgmental is essential


Resources for homeless youth

Resources for Homeless Youth

  • Street Outreach

    • StreetWorks

  • Drop-In Centers/Case Management:

    • Safe Zone, YouthLink, Oasis for Youth

  • Youth Specific Shelters:

    • Ain Dah Yung, Avenues for Homeless Youth, Booth Brown, The Bridge, Hope Street, Life Haven, Safe House

  • Other Housing Programs:

    • GLBT , Minneapolis and Suburban Host Home Programs

    • Transitional Living Programs like Archdale, St. Barnabas, LSS, Hope Street, Nicollet Square, Lindquist Apartments, the Youth Lodge


How to get a young person into shelter

How to Get a Young Person into Shelter:

  • Call as soon as you know your youth needs a bed.

  • Check back throughout the day.

  • If the youth calls every morning, they should get a bed within three weeks.


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