This project will enable 4 100-Day Challenge teams to come together in a 2-day intensive workshop to share how they pursued & achieved their ambitious goals of ending homelessness for 325 youth & young adults (YYA). The teams, representing Marion County (OR), Mendocino County (CA), Franklin County (ME), & Gulf Coast (MS), will draw lessons from each other's experience & prepare action plans + policy recommendations to embed & scale effective strategies and invigorate their communities' efforts.
One in 10 young adults, aged 18-25, and at least one in 30 adolescents, aged 13-17, experience some form of homelessness over the course of a year in the US. It's a nationwide problem, requiring innovation in rural and urban areas. This project will push these 4 communities to lock in the gains from their 100-Day Challenge and invigorate them to keep going while pushing us as a nation to understand what is doable.
Solutions exist: reunite w/ families/friends, provide subsidized housing + psycho-social support, ensure cont'd ed + employment. But the vision is an end to youth homelessness. It's a bold but achievable goal that requires fearless creativity. The key lies in bringing together those who've been working independently and knitting solutions together guided by needs and preferences of YYA. 100-Day Challenge is an onramp and this project brings folks together to achieve the possible.
The immediate beneficiaries are YYA who exit homelessness or are prevented from becoming homeless through the work of 100-Day Challenge Teams. The impact extends to those working in the system who develop new ways of working together. 100-Day Teams lay the foundation for a system that will end and prevent youth homelessness. These communities are leading the way for our nation, especially for rural communities, and will inform and push progress in other communities.