Youth and Young Adult Homelessness

Spotlight: Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) Funding for Homeless Youth and Young Adults for Fiscal Year 2022

 

In July 2021, EOHHS announced that Gov. Charlie Baker had approved an allocation of $8 million to address Youth and Young Adult (YYA) Homelessness through the Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Commission and the 10 regional leads throughout the Commonwealth. The line item was increased in this budget cycle as a reflection of the commitment to ensuring the experience of homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring for young persons, as well as an acknowledgement of the important work that has been accomplished since the initiation of these grant funds in 2018.

The Barnstable County Dept. of Human Services, as the lead agency for the region, was awarded $492,814 which will be used to prevent and address YYA homelessness, as well as exploring additional housing resources given the difficult market for rental units on the Cape and Islands. In addition to providing Case Management for those experiencing housing instability, the partner agencies (Champ Homes, Duffy Health Center, Fairwinds-Nantucket Counseling Center, Homeless Prevention Council, Housing Assistance Corporation and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services) work with YYA to maintain their housing once they secure a rental, as YYA frequently need to build independent living skills, especially after experiencing unsheltered homelessness.

 


Mission

In 2018, the Barnstable County Department of Human Services (BCDHS) was awarded funding to lead the efforts on the Cape and Islands to enact the recommendations of the Special Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth. BCDHS identified five partner agencies- Housing Assistance Corporation, Homeless Prevention Council, Champ Homes, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services and Fairwinds Nantucket Counseling- to deliver services and resources to the community.

Between February and June 2019 the Barnstable County Department of Human Services, with Matthew Aronson Consulting, conducted a Youth and Young Adult (YYA) Homelessness Community Needs Assessment to explore the homelessness system and individual needs of YYA on Cape Cod and the Islands.  Community members, service partners, and YYA with lived experience provided input via interviews, focus groups, and surveys on prevention and intervention services and resources for those currently experiencing homelessness.  The assessment investigated the experiences of a number of sub-populations including individuals under the age of 18, and between the ages of 18 and 24 (both parenting and unaccompanied) and considered the issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity to understand YYA needs related to stable housing, education, employment, health and wellbeing, and permanent connections.

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Fact Sheet

 

FACT SHEET: Youth and Young Adult (YYA) Homelessness

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Unaccompanied Homeless Youth and Young Adult Service Providers

 

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Community Needs Assessment

 

Between February and June 2019 the Barnstable County Department of Human Services, with Matthew Aronson Consulting, conducted a Youth and Young Adult (YYA) Homelessness Community Needs Assessment to explore the homelessness system and individual needs of YYA on Cape Cod and the Islands.  Community members, service partners, and YYA with lived experience provided input via interviews, focus groups, and surveys on prevention and intervention services and resources for those currently experiencing homelessness.  The assessment investigated the experiences of a number of sub-populations including individuals under the age of 18, and between the ages of 18 and 24 (both parenting and unaccompanied) and considered the issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity to understand YYA needs related to stable housing, education, employment, health and wellbeing, and permanent connections.

 

 

 

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Statewide Resources

 

Furthering the Work

Homeless Youth Handbook

Youth Count 2019 Final Report

Statewide and Regional CNA Summaries Final 2019

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Contact

 

For more information, contact Dan Gray, Continuum of Care Program Manager at Barnstable County Department of Human Services at 774-224-0051 or daniel.gray@barnstablecounty.org 

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