A WAY HOME AMERICA

A WAY HOME AMERICA

A national initiative to build the movement to prevent and end homelessness among young people. 

We are homeless youth providers, advocates, researchers, government agencies, philanthropists and young people uniting behind a common goal:

In 2020, prevent and end homelessness among all youth and young adults. Ensure that homelessness among youth and young adults is rare, and if it occurs, experiences of homelessness are brief and one-time.

We are not an organization — we are an initiative with the sole purpose of ending youth homelessness.

CORE PRINCIPLES

Youth homelessness exists today largely due to America’s long history of structural racism and systemic inequities. In order to end youth homelessness, we will work to ensure our systems work for all youth. Partner organizations serving on the AWHA Steering Committee are committed to centering the importance of racial equity and justice in all of our work to end youth homelessness.  We see equity as providing opportunities and resources based on need, realizing not everyone starts in the same place. Justice takes this concept a step further by removing the barriers that impede equal rights and self-determination; it seeks to overturn oppression at its roots. The Steering Committee will strengthen our knowledge, skills, attitudes and personal competency to address inequity and injustice, internally and in our external efforts through continual practice of these core principles.

  • Recognize and Center Intersectionality
  • Name and Challenge White Supremacy
  • Engage in Principled Struggle
  • Practice Targeted Universalism
  • Generate Transformative Visions Towards Liberation
  • Create a Culture of Accountability

AWHA STEERING COMMITTEE

NATIONAL YOUTH FORUM ON HOMELESSNESS
TERRANCE WALKER

NATIONAL YOUTH FORUM ON HOMELESSNESS
RIVIANA HYATT 

NATIONAL YOUTH FORUM ON HOMELESSNESS
PHOEBE VAN CLEEFE

BUTLER FAMILY FUND
ANNE MORIN

CAMPION ADVOCACY FUND
SHEILA BABB ANDERSON 

FUTURE LABORATORIES
MARC DONES

CHAPIN HALL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
SONALI PATEL

VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND
RICHARD HOOKS WAYMAN

COALITION FOR JUVENILE JUSTICE
NAOMI SMOOT

COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS HOUSTON/HARRIS CO.
EVA THIBAUDEAU

COVENANT HOUSE INTERNATIONAL
LORI MALONEY

CSH
SARAH HUNTER

FUNDERS TOGETHER TO END HOMELESSNESS
AMANDA ANDERE

JIM CASEY YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES INITIATIVE
SANDRA GASCA-GONZALEZ

LARKIN STREET YOUTH SERVICES
SHERILYN ADAMS

LIGHTHOUSE YOUTH SERVICES
MEREDITH HICKS

LOS ANGELES LGBT CENTER
SIMON COSTELLO

MANY NETWORK
MEGAN BLONDIN

MELVILLE CHARITABLE TRUST
AIMEE HENDRIGAN

NATIONAL ALLIANCE TO END HOMELESSNESS 
NAN ROMAN

NATIONAL NETWORK FOR YOUTH
DARLA BARDINE 

RAIKES FOUNDATION 
KATIE HONG

STATE OF MINNESOTA CATHY TEN BROEKE

THE SIMMONS FOUNDATION 
KELLI KING-JACKSON

TRUE COLORS FUND
GREGORY LEWIS

A Way Home America was inspired by the efforts of A Way Home Canada to mobilize across sectors to prevent and end youth homelessness in Canada. Our common vision of a future where young people do not experience homelessness is the tie that binds us.