Research Articles

Family Matters:Homeless Youth and Eva’s Initiatives Family Reconnect Program. Daphne Winland, Stephen Gaetz & Tara Patton, York University

A key goal of this project is to create a framework that will allow others engaged in responses to youth homelessness to incorporate key elements of Family Reconnect into programmatic responses to youth homelessness in Canada.  Our purpose is to shed light on how such a program can be replicated in new settings, or more broadly, be incorporated into effective systems level responses to youth homelessness.

This report profiles a unique program – Eva’s Initiatives Family Reconnect Program – that aims to address this gap. We explore key features of how the program operates, what its underlying principles are, and program outcomes in order to better understand how and in what ways the program leads to positive changes in the lives of young people who are homeless.

The Development of Prevention and Early Intervention Services for Homeless Youth: Intervening Successfully

Australia has some impressive programs in place to address homelessness among school-age children. Prevention programs such as school focused youth services and early intervention programs such as reconnect provide a model for other jurisdictions and would reduce youth homelessness. Effective prevention programs include broad based activities directed to all students in schools to build protection against homelessness, as well as early intervention strategies that seek to assist particular young people who are at the earliest stages of homelessness.

Targeted youth support: Rapid Evidence Assessment of effective early interventions for youth at-risk of future poor outcomes

Targeted Youth Support (TYS) is an initiative aimed at vulnerable young people and involves ensuring that agencies work together to meet young people’s needs. The initiative’s rationale is that a collaborative, joined-up approach is needed because young people may have complex and multiple needs which cannot be met by mainstream or specialist services in isolation. This report was commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to explore what works for young people in relation to the outcomes prioritized by the TYS initiative.

Family life: the significance of family to homeless young people: Jennifer Monfort Published by Centrepoint in 2009

Centrepoint in the United Kingdom recently conducted research into how homeless young people understand the role of family, and why some familial relationships break down. The project also sought to understand if and how these relationships can be rebuilt.

Not Just Homelessness … A Study Of ‘Out Of Home’ Young People In Cork City Paula Mayock and Nicola Carr

A core objective of this research was to generate in-depth knowledge and understanding of the experiences of homelessness among young people in the Southern region of the Republic of Ireland with particular attention to Cork city. The research set out to: identify young people’s pathways or routes into homelessness, examine the experience of living out of home, examine the challenges young people experience on becoming homeless, make policy recommendations related to service provision, early intervention and the prevention of negative health outcomes.

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