Addressing Oregon’s Runaway and Homeless Youth by naq52275


									Addressing Oregon’s
   Runaway and
  Homeless Youth

       Oregon Runaway and
         Homeless Youth
           Work Group

        November 16, 2004
Charge of the Work Group

 Study the issues affecting Oregon’s
  homeless youth
 Report and make recommendations to
  the Joint Interim Committee on Human
Findings: Who are Oregon’s runaway
and homeless youth?

                    Most age 15 – 16
                    Slightly more females
                     than males
                    Majority Caucasian;
                     minorities, primarily
                     Native American and
                    26% are dropouts
Findings: How many homeless?

              Difficult to estimate since
               Oregon lacks coordinated
               data collection
              Most recent estimate is
               nearly 24,000
              Many more are homeless
               with their parents
Findings: How many runaway?

   Runaways are dependency status offenders
   Logged when parents or guardians report
   LEDS: more than 10,000 reports of
    runaways in 2003
   OYA: 2,359 youth processed by the juvenile
    system and 6,817 referrals received by
    county juvenile departments in 2003
Findings: Why are they homeless?

             Family dysfunction, e.g.
              family violence, abuse and
              neglect, poor parenting
             Economic problems, e.g.
              lack of affordable housing,
              employment or insurance
             Residential instability (when
              discharged from residential
              placement without income
              or housing)
Findings: What happens to youth who
are homeless?

   Shelter staff report health
    and behavior problems,
    e.g. substance abuse,
    mental health, disabilities
   Homelessness has
    adverse affect on youth
   At-risk for criminal
    behavior or as victims
Findings: Why aren’t parents

   Families have numerous problems: violence,
    abuse or neglect, substance abuse, mental
    illness, disabilities, poor parenting skills,
    unemployment, incarceration, or
   Communities have few options to hold
    families accountable or deal with parents
    who do not provide care for their children
Findings: Gaps in Current Services

   Federal programs in just 7
   Few services for
   Barriers: access,
    affordability, lack or
   Parents resort to filing
    charges to access services

1. Designate the Oregon Commission on
   Children and Families (OCCF) responsible
   for statewide planning of services to
   homeless youth and their families
  – Runaway/Homeless Coordinator position
  – Runaway/Homeless Subcommittee

2. Families of runaway and homeless
  youth need support to be held
  accountable to address critical
  –   Assess needs
  –   Identify state laws to be enforced
  –   Examine new strategies

3. Identify models of culturally competent,
 gender-specific, evidence-based
 service delivery for runaways, their
 families and homeless youth in urban
 and rural demonstration sites

4. A dedicated funding stream should be
 allocated to adequately and
 appropriately serve runaways, their
 families, and homeless youth
Next Steps

                Endorse Work Group
                Support the legislative

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