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The Family and Youth Services Bureau last month released its Report to Congress on the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program for fiscal years 2010 and 2011. The biannual Congressional report summarizes FYSB’s efforts to combat youth homelessness with its Basic Center, Transitional Living and Street Outreach Programs.
The report includes statistics about the youth served by the three programs and the services they received. It also discusses the four key outcomes FYSB is promoting in its Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs: safety, permanent connections, well-being and self-sufficiency. FYSB, in consultation with the field, chose the outcomes based on research into what young people need to succeed.
Here are a few of the achievements highlighted in the report.
A total of 84,187 youth received services from a basic center program, and more than 90 percent of those leaving the center returned to their families or another stable living situation.
Street outreach workers helped more than 49,000 youth move off the street and into a shelter for at least one night.
About 87 percent of youth who left a transitional living program made a “safe exit” into a private residence or residential program.
The National Runaway Switchboard (now called the National Runaway Safeline), which operates as FYSB's national communications system to help youth in crisis, handled about 300 calls a day from youth and concerned adults.