- Policy and Advocacy
The number of Americans currently experiencing homelessness, as well as the demographics of this population have changed dramatically in the last 30 years. Families, children, and unaccompanied youth who have experienced or are experiencing homelessness have emerged as a rapidly growing and especially vulnerable sub-population. Children and youth living in shelters or other systems face significant barriers to appropriate physical,emotional and educational development. These negative effects are often more extreme for young people who are homeless and no longer connected to their family of origin.
For a young person who has exited or has been "kicked out" of their home, healthy and productive activities such as: succeeding in school, obtaining employment and contributing to one's community become especially difficult. DCAYA's Youth Homelessness Committee works to ensure that homeless and unstably housed youth in the District receive appropriate services, prevention and supports. For more information contact Senior Policy Analysts Maggie Riden.
Recent News and Events from the Committee Are Available Below:
News and Events
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