Project Abstract

This project begins by connecting data from multiple state and local systems to estimate homelessness among youth ages 14 to 24. Then, the researchers will use 10 years of longitudinal data to describe the characteristics and experiences associated with homelessness of older youth ages 18 to 24. This three-year project is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and conducted in partnership with the Center for Policy Research.

Research questions include:

  1. What administrative data linkages can be leveraged to build a sustainable and replicable approach to estimate homelessness of youth ages 14 to 24 in states where data are siloed at different geographic levels?
  2. What are the incidents of youth homelessness in the Denver area and a second, to be determined, broader geographic area in Colorado?
  3. What are the K-12 educational, child welfare-related, public-assistance program participation, and police involvement characteristics and histories of youth associated with homelessness as older youth (i.e., ages 18 to 24)?

These questions will be answered through an iterative process of conducting interviews with key informants, addressing barriers to data sharing and data quality, and piloting data linkages. The project team will develop a Best Practice Guide for using integrated administrative data sources to produce rigorous and efficient estimates of youth homelessness.



Research Partners: 

Center for Policy Research

Linked Information Network of Colorado


Phase I Denver Pilot Research Brief

Building a Sustainable and Replicable Approach to Estimate Youth Homelessness Using the Linked Information Network of Colorado

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