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ERIC Number: ED539608
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb-15
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Unaccompanied, Unidentified and Uncounted: Developing Strategies to Meet the Needs of America's Homeless Youth. Issue Brief on the Education of Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
Unaccompanied homeless youth appear to be one of the fastest growing and most vulnerable segments of the larger homeless population, but flawed information-gathering by government entities makes it impossible to be sure. This issue brief examines reasons why the plight of unaccompanied homeless youth is not fully captured through current models of identification and data collection, and how this failure of information adversely affects society's ability to help this vulnerable population. While points made and conclusions drawn are applicable nationwide, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the touchstone for many of the examples. This brief consists of a menu of findings and recommendations meant to spur advocacy, additional research, and ultimately, meaningful improvements in the lives of these children. The goal is to inspire and empower lawmakers, policy drafters, service-providers and advocates to use this information and these recommendations to develop a suite of reforms that improve the support structure for unaccompanied homeless youth around the nation. (Contains 64 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Appleseed
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987