Palm Beach County Launches 100-Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness

The Palm Beach County Community Services Department Division of Human and Veteran Services is joining four other communities nationwide in launching a 100-Day Challenge to accelerate efforts to end youth homelessness.

            The number of Palm Beach County’s homeless youth has gone up dramatically in the past two years with the latest Point-in-Time Homeless Count, conducted in January 2017, indicating a 69 percent increase. Several factors contribute to youth homelessness including aging out of state care, parental addiction, sexual preference, and mental illness.

            The Division of Human and Veteran Services is working with community partners to establish ambitious goals to meet the challenge. The primary objective to accomplish in 100 days is to house approximately 140 unaccompanied youth and parenting youth between the ages of 18 and 24.

            The 100-Day Challenge gives Palm Beach County the opportunity to refine and build upon previous accomplishments in helping homeless youth. With the support of the Rapid Results Institute, A Way Home America, and the department’s partner agencies, youth systems and housing opportunities can be quickly implemented while continuing a coordinated response for helping homeless youth long after the challenge period has ended.  Rapid Results Institute will provide overall design of the 100-Day Challenge and is partnering with HomeBase to offer coaching support to communities during the 100-day journey.

            Funding for the challenge was obtained from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and private philanthropic partners.

            Individuals, organizations, and communities interested in following the 100-Day Challenge can sign up to receive news or follow progress by visiting A Way Home America at http://www.awayhomeamerica.org/.  Progress can also be followed on Facebook at “A Way Home America” and Twitter by using #100DayChallengeAccepted and #EndYouthHomelessness.

            For more information on the 100-Day Challenge, please contact Community Services Director James Green at 561-355-4702.