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Homeless Youth Outcome Measures These recommendations are based loosely on outcomes found in the Chicago Plan to End

Homelessness Program Models Chart with revisions from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Youth Committee. They have not been voted on or endorsed by any organization or group of organizations. They are merely to serve as a starting point for our discussions around IDHS-funded Homeless Youth Program outcome measures.

Transitional Living Program Outcomes  75% of youth exiting the program exit to permanent, stable housing (includes family reunification)  55% of clients remain appropriately housed including placements into permanent housing outside of the program for at least 12 months.  20% of youth will leave with employment income  75% of youth enrolled 30 days or more will demonstrate increased ability to live independently as evidenced by one of the following: o Enrollment in education or vocational training program o Receipt of public benefits o Increased score in the Ansell Casey Life Skills Assessment Emergency Housing Outcomes  75% of youth are placed in permanent housing (includes family reunification, long-term housing, and residential programs)  85% of clients are assessed for benefits  65% are enrolled in benefits programs  75% of youth achieve one self-identified goal Note: There are very few long-term housing options for youth with serious mental illness. There needs to be a different set of outcomes for these youth so they are not excluded from programs. Outreach Programs  80% of youth accept one or more basic need assistance services (food, transportation, etc)  80% of youth receive a referral and are linked to appropriate programs and/or services  20% of youth secure long-term housing (may include family reunification)

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