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.
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. Last year Larkin Street provided services to over 3,000 homeless youth through our comprehensive service continuum that includes early intervention, housing, educational services, and workforce development.
Notable trends seen at intake among youth who access services at Larkin Street include the following:
- 40% spent time in an out-of-home placement, including foster care, juvenile detention, and group homes.
- One-third report previous involvement in the criminal justice system.
- 17% reported their health to be fair or poor at intake, while 38% did not have health insurance.
- 22% are not currently or were not recently enrolled in school or an educational program at intake.
- 20% of youth age 18 or older do not have a high school diploma or GED.
- Only 14% were employed full-time at intake. The majority of youth who were employed (71%) were working part-time with pay that is inadequate for San Francisco’s housing market and that offers few or no benefits.
Among youth who participated in Larkin Street programming for 2014, the following outcomes demonstrate the success possible:
- 77% of youth who participated in our comprehensive housing programs exited to stable housing
- 80% of youth who attempted a GED test component were successful
- 139 youth were placed in jobs with an average starting wage of $11.68
The 2014 Incidence and Needs Report gives an overview of the systemic issues that contribute to youth homelessness and the services needed to help these youth get back on track. It also includes policy recommendations that support a comprehensive strategy to address youth homelessness.
To download the 2014 Incidence and Needs Report: Click here to download or view the full report in the Larkin Street Resource Library: 1) Log in, 2) Click on < Resources > and 3) Download the 2014 Incidence and Needs Report from the Report section