Homeless Black Youth Largely Invisible to Service Providers

Jan. 3, 2013 / By

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New America Media, News Report, Nicole Hudley, Posted: Jan 03, 2013

SACRAMENTO – A recent report comparing the experiences of Caucasian and African American homeless youth describes stark differences between how those two groups seek and access support services, including the key finding that African American youth are less likely to self-identify as homeless, suggesting their numbers may be larger than previously believed.

The implication for homeless service providers, say researchers, is clear: programs need revamping if they are to meet the needs of what is ostensibly an invisible population.

The Homeless Youth Project (HYP), a program of the California Research Bureau, released the report. HYP will co-host a press conference with State Senator Carol Liu next week to unveil its State Action Plan to End Youth Homelessness.  Young people, homeless service providers and policy experts are expected to attend the briefing, which will take place on January 8 at 10 a.m., in room 3191 of the State Capitol.

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