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The youth line of work will focus on ending youth and young adult homelessness in Chicago. Activities include right-sizing youth housing interventions and developing youth prevention, as well as bridging to the Department of Child and Family Services, Chicago Public Schools, and the juvenile justice system.

Contact Ceri Moy or Elizabeth Perez with questions about the Youth line of work.

Action Plans

July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
March/April 2019
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018 
March 2018

Attendance Tracker

Please view the attendance lists for each workgroup meeting for the Youth Line of Work. These will be updated on a monthly basis.

Youth Housing Program Model Standards

Our consultant, ICF developed this document by summarizing input from a  two-day stakeholder workshop along with national best practices. 

This draft document will serves as a foundational guide that outlines aspirational program standards for existing and new youth housing program models to achieve greater consistency and quality across housing program model types. We recognize that there are youth “supportive services only” program models (e.g. outreach, drop-in centers, navigation) not addressed in this document, but are valuable parts to the homeless response system. This document specifically focuses on programs that have a housing component. Additionally, please provide feedback via Survey Gizmo.

Youth Action Board

Youth Action Board
The Youth Action Board (YAB) is made up of youth leaders from Chicago who have previously experienced homelessness. The YAB is currently recruiting new members for 2019. Download the application and instructions here, and submit the application by Nov. 21.

  • Interested in partnering with the YAB? Please complete this survey to help us gain insight into how you wish to collaborate. The Project Managers will share this with the YAB for discussion during their Saturday meetings, usually held every first Saturday of the month.


Chicago Task Force on Homeless Youth 
The Chicago Task Force on Homeless Youth is a network of city and state agency officials, youth providers and advocates, and homeless youth working to address the issue of youth homelessness in Chicago. The goal of the Task Force is to create a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate menu of services for youth who experience homelessness in order to prevent homeless youth from becoming the next generation of homeless adults.
Expertise needed: The task force is open to anyone interested in working to end homelessness for youth (age 24 and under). Contact Ceri Moy with questions about this group.
Meeting details: The group meetings occur quarterly at DFSS (1516 W. Chicago Ave., Room 249A) from 3:30-5pm. 

Youth Action Update
The Youth Project Managers host monthly CoC youth action updates to provide timely updates to the community.
Meeting details: Held the second monday of every month from 1-2pm, via webinar. If you would like to join these monthly calls, please register here.
Below are recordings of previous meetings:

June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019

April 23, 2019: Employment & Income Refinement Workshop

Youth Data Workgroup
The Youth Data Workgroup is tasked with addressing system and program dashboards, performance, evaluation and typology creation. Meeting details: The group meetings occur at DFSS on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month from 1:30-3:30pm. Contact Ceri Moy for more information.  

Youth System Blueprint

Youth System Blueprint PowerPoint Presentation to Youth Task Force