Community Need For Youth Services

Assessing the Community Need for Youth Homelessness Services

Each year Larkin Street’s Research and Evaluation Department publishes a report on the extent of youth homelessness in San Francisco in its Annual Report on Incidence and Needs – Youth Homelessness.

Larkin Street youth have experienced multiple factors that led to their homelessness.  They lack stable housing and struggle on a daily basis to survive and meet their basic needs while contending with other barriers that have a significant impact on their ability to reach self-sufficiency.

Notable trends seen at intake among youth who access services at Larkin Street include the following:

    • 31% of younger youth have dropped out of school
    • 33% of youth age 18 or older do not have a high school diploma or GED
    • 76% of youth were unemployed at program entrance and among those 88% were actively looking for work
    • The average monthly income was $424—almost a 15% decrease in only two years and far below what it takes to maintain housing in San Francisco.  The fair market rate for a studio apartment in San Francisco is $1,191, an increase of 8% from last year.
    • 78% of youth had been homeless for 12 months or less.  Research shows that early intervention increases the chances that a homeless youth will become self-sufficient.

Among youth who participated in Larkin Street programming for 2011, the following outcomes demonstrate the success possible:

  • 89% of youth who participated in our comprehensive housing programs exited to stable housing
  • 93% of youth who attempted a GED test component were successful
  • 153 youth were placed in jobs with an average starting wage of $11.13

The 2011 Annual Incidence and Needs Report provides a snapshot of youth homelessness in San Francisco, the service needs of this group, Larkin Street Youth Services’ response to that need, program implications, and policy recommendations.

To download the 2011 Incidence and Needs Report: View the full report in the Larkin Street Resource Library: 1) Log in, 2) Click on < Resources > and 3) Download the 2011 Incidence and Needs Report from the Report section


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