Housing Youth: Key Issues in Supportive Housing
This guide is a brief overview designed as a tool for service providers, housing developers and managers, public and private funders, and other stakeholders interested in supportive housing for youth and young adults.
While youth supportive housing can benefit tremendously from best practices and lessons learned in adult and family supportive housing, there are some points of differentiation worth noting. This tool aims to stimulate thinking about the unique strengths and needs of homeless youth and young adults, so that these factors can inform decisions about housing models, service packages, staffing, property management, tenant selection, and funding.
This tool is not meant to be comprehensive, nor is it meant to replicate existing resources. Therefore, to gain a more in-depth understanding of the building blocks necessary to design and implement successful supportive housing, it may be best to read this tool in conjunction with several additional Corporation for Supportive Housing publications. Of particular relevance is Supportive Housing for Youth, also published in 2003, which includes an assessment of the need for housing youth and overviews of current funding and legislative issues, existing models (especially transitional housing), and public policy recommendations, along with brief summaries of existing projects. Intended as a complement to that document, this one is primarily an exploration of issues specific to permanent housing with an emphasis on the nuts and bolts of designing and operating supportive housing targeted toward young people.
This tool has been developed in recognition of a social responsibility to offer homeless youth and young adults the support they need to lead healthy productive lives. Supportive housing offers an opportunity to provide the housing, services, and community these young people deserve and need in order to make a successful transition to adulthood.(Author)
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