Healthy Families and Communities Subcommittee Hearing on "Runaway, Homeless, and Missing Children: Perspectives on Helping the Nation’s Vulnerable Youth"
There is nothing inevitable about youth homelessness in the United States. We know more about youth homelessness and how to address it than we ever have before, thanks in part to extensive research. We know a great deal about the pathways into homelessness for youth, the characteristics of youth who experience homelessness, and interventions and program models which are effective in offering youth reconnection to family, community, and stable housing.
We have been asked today to summarize the research available on the characteristics and experiences of homeless youth, the causes of youth homelessness, and the solutions to youth homelessness. We will also point out the limitations of the research, and identify some research questions that we believe need to be addressed. (Steven Berg)
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