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Targeted Assertive Outreach: An Innovative Outreach Method That Can Support Efforts to End Youth Homelessness (RHYCONF2020)

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About this training

Summary 
In this session, presenters will describe an innovative outreach effort used to identify youth who had self-resolved their homelessness and connect those who remained homeless to available services. This systematic approach to outreach, termed "Targeted Assertive Outreach,” helped to inform a more accurate projection of resources and staffing needed to end youth homelessness. Data from outreach efforts showed that Black youth and youth who slept outdoors or couch-surfed were less likely to self-resolve homelessness compared to non- Hispanic White youth and youth who slept in shelters. Presenters will discuss the implications of their findings within the context of community efforts to end youth homelessness. 
 
Objectives 
Participants will: 

  • Receive an overview and guidance in using systematic outreach to determine which youth have self-resolved and who are still in need of housing services. 
  • Learn how systematic outreach coupled with cost-analysis can provide more accurate community projections for allocating resources and staffing to end youth homelessness. 
  • Learn about youth characteristics associated with the self-resolution of homelessness. 
  • Discuss the implications of assertive outreach efforts and analysis of self-resolution of youth homelessness in the ending youth homelessness movement. 

Presenter 

  • Amy Youngbloom, Research Analyst, LifeWorks Austin 
  • Liz Schoenfeld, Chief Research Officer, LifeWorks Austin

This training includes: 

  • Presentation Slides
  • Evaluation