Five Communities Launch 100-Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness

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According to a study by Chaplin Hall, one in ten young adults ages 18-25, and at least one in thirty adolescents ages 13-17, experience some form of homelessness unaccompanied by a parent or guardian over the course of a year. Community leaders across the nation are uniting to continue momentum towards an efficient and sustainable solution to this heartbreaking epidemic.

 

A Way Home America (AWHA) has announced that five new communities have accepted the 100-Day Challenge to accelerate efforts in preventing and ending youth homelessness within their communities.

 

The 100-Day Challenge is designed to empower and support front-line teams in pursuit of an ambitious 100-Day Goal. This methodology was pioneered by Rapid Results Institute (RRI) and has been used in communities and governments around the world to tackle complex social issues. The compressed timeframe of 100 days, high visibility, and support from coaches, peers, and federal leaders all work together to inspire teams to achieve rapid progress and sustainable system change.  

 

The five communities will each establish a 100-day goal that not only includes housing a significant number of young people, but requires working on sub-goals in order to achieve the 100-Day Goal. These additional goals vary according to the needs of each community, and can include housing marginalized minorities, preventing youth from exiting public systems without long-term housing, securing job opportunities, and strengthening the infrastructure of existing systems to better deal with this rising epidemic.

 

100-Day Challenges are part of a growing national movement to prevent and end youth homelessness in America. These five new communities make up the third cohort of communities to accept the challenge of working together across systems to collaborate, innovate, and execute to build a coordinated community response to end youth homelessness. The challenge is most radical in that it views youth homelessness through a youth collaboration, racial, and LGBTQ equity lens. Through this lens communities begin to work together to support homeless youth in new, more efficient and effective ways.

 

“The 16 communities that have already pursued 100-Day Challenges are helping lead the way to the end of youth homelessness in our country, and I am really excited to see these 5 diverse communities embrace this Challenge and carry this work further forward,” said Matthew Doherty, Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. “I know that we are going to learn a great deal from their innovations in using data to drive decisions, in building partnerships to mobilize necessary resources and strategies, and in tailoring approaches to meet the housing and service needs of each young person. And we’ll learn a lot from the challenges and obstacles to progress that they confront as well. USICH stands ready to help support these communities’ efforts as best we can – for 100 days and into the future.”

 

In the US Senate Report for the FY 2019 T-HUD appropriations bill, the committee applauded HUD’s decision to provide funding for 100-Day Challenges, stating, “By offering local service providers the opportunity to come together to identify impediments and establish goals, the 100-Day Challenge leaves communities better prepared to confront youth homelessness in a comprehensive manner. The program also lays the groundwork for participants seeking to apply for a Youth Homelessness Demonstration Grant award.”

 

Jemine Bryon, Deputy Assistant Secretary from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, had this message for the new cohort, “Congratulations and thank you to this next round of communities for stepping up and being willing to devote the time and targeted effort to addressing youth homelessness. We and all the partners look forward to supporting and learning from you.”

 

This work is made possible through funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Rapid Results Institute (RRI) is providing the overall design of the 100-Day Challenges, and has partnered with HomeBase to offer coaching support to each community as they embark on their 100-Day journey.

 

Individuals, organizations, and communities interested in following the progress of these communities can sign up to receive news from AWHA at www.awayhomeamerica.org. Those interested can also follow the Challenge using #100DayChallengeAccepted and #EndYouthHomelessness on social media.

 

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About A Way Home America

AWHA is a national initiative to build the movement to prevent and end homelessness among young people. AWHA is made up of local and state public sector organizations, advocates, researchers, young people, homeless youth providers and philanthropists united behind the goal of ending youth homelessness. www.awayhomeamerica.org

 

About The Rapid Results Institute

RRI is a non-profit organization that creates transformative and sustained impact on tough societal challenges.  RRI uses its 100-Day Challenges to support front-line teams to shape and deliver seemingly impossible goals, and to help leaders leverage these initial 100-day goals into sustained, long term impact. www.rapidresults.org

 

About HomeBase

HomeBase is a nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to the social problem of homelessness. The mission is to end homelessness, prevent its recurrence, and decrease its effect on communities. HomeBase works on the state and national level to support communities in implementing responses to homelessness while fostering collaboration in addressing the political and economic causes of homelessness. www.homebaseccc.org