Youth homelessness barriers and strengths
1 / 11

Youth Homelessness: Barriers and Strengths - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

  • Uploaded on

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.

I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about ' Youth Homelessness: Barriers and Strengths' - lamont

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
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


Jennifer M. Lock, MS


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


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.