RHY Resources

Tools for Addressing Racial Disparity in RHY Programs

Racial Equity Network, formed by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, is a forum aimed at building awareness of and addressing racial disparities in systems responding to homelessness. As part of this effort, the Network designed a tool that helps organizations use service data to assess whether racial and ethnic disparities exist within their own programs. RHY providers can use this free tool to identify disparities, and to raise questions about the system in which they operate. Future Network news promises action steps to reduce racial and ethnic disparities that providers uncover.

Assess your program at https://endhomelessness.org/resource/the-alliances-racial-equity-network-toolkit/


Free Visual Library on RHY and Rapid Re-housing

Point Source Youth, a nonprofit serving populations disproportionately affected by homelessness, offers a free online library that includes videos on rapid re-housing, and a storytelling archive focused on the experiences of homeless youth and housing advocates. Rapid re-housing videos describe lessons learned in cities like LA and Seattle, dos and don’ts, and implementation tips for organizations new to the model. RHY providers can use these resources to consider rapid re-housing approaches, and to educate staff, volunteers and young people about the experiences of homeless youth in minority populations.

View the library at https://www.pointsourceyouth.org/media-library


Social Enterprises Turn Trash into Treasure

A recent report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation describes how nonprofit service providers in the Cascade Alliance are using waste-based social enterprises to generate revenue and to provide employment and skill-building opportunities for clients. Projects that recycle mattresses, refurbish or recycle cast-off electronics and construction materials, and those that re-sell books and clothing boast environmental, economic and social benefits for their communities. RHY providers interested in starting or expanding social enterprises can learn from case studies in the report, and get tips about start-up capital, realistic expectations, key partners and other elements of success.

Access the full report at



Forming Volunteer Families for RHY

Children’s Voice magazine recently highlighted a Baltimore, MD program called Thread which matches struggling high school freshmen with teams of volunteer “friends and family.” Volunteers invite youth to social activities, and provide rides, tutoring and help with college for up to 10 years—well past high school—ensuring follow-through and commitment. According to the program, 87 percent of participants graduate from high school within six years, and 83 percent complete degree or certificate programs within ten years. RHY providers can use this community mentoring model to help build strong social connections and relationships for RHY.

Read the article at https://www.cwla.org/from-the-next-childrens-voice-weaving-a-bright-future/


Using the CANS Tool in Wraparound Processes

The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) is a widely used, validated tool developed by the John Praed Foundation that assesses the strengths and needs of young people and their families, and assists service providers in treatment planning and outcomes tracking. A new brief from the National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health describes how CANS can be effectively integrated into Wraparound processes, commonly used by public agencies serving “multi-system youth.” RHY providers may consider implementing CANS in their own programs, and can use the brief to better understand its use in Wraparound when teaming RHY cases with partner providers.

Download the brief at


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