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Chapin Hall releases groundbreaking research on youth homelessness

Dear colleagues:

Today, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago released Missed Opportunities: Youth Homelessness in America, the first in a series of Research-to-Impact briefs on understanding and addressing youth homelessness. In conjunction with the Missed Opportunities brief, Chapin Hall also released a related summary one-pager, infographics, and a scholarly research article published today in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

These releases are part of the Voices of Youth Count national initiative, designed to fill gaps in our nation’s knowledge about the experiences of runaway and homeless youth between the ages of 13 and 25 years old. These releases and other related resources are available at

Youth homelessness is a significant national problem, and yet its scale and scope have long been unclear due to the absence of credible data. This report is an important step towards a more accurate understanding of youth homelessness in our country, with wide-reaching implications for both policy and practice. Key report findings include:

  1. Youth homelessness is a broad and hidden challenge
  2. Youth homelessness involves diverse experiences and circumstances
  3. Prevention and early intervention are essential
  4. Youth homelessness affects rural youth at levels similar to those of urban and suburban youth
  5. Some youth are at greater risk of experiencing homelessness

Significantly, the lack of a high school diploma or GED correlates more strongly than any other risk factor with experiences of youth homelessness, with young people without a diploma or GED being 3.5 times (346%) more likely to experience homelessness than their peers who completed high school. This finding unequivocally validates the important role of schools in preventing and ending youth homelessness.

To explore the report’s findings and its implications for educators and service providers working youth experiencing or at-risk of homelessness, the National Center for Homeless Education will partner with Chapin Hall to offer a webinar geared towards a homeless education audience. Please stay tuned for an announcement of when this webinar will occur and how to register.

To learn more about this groundbreaking research, visit the Voices of Youth Count website at

Best regards,

Christina Dukes, Federal Liaison
National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)

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