Four More Rural Communities Launch 100-Day Challenge on Youth Homelessness
Franklin County (Maine), Gulf Coast (Mississippi), Marion County (Oregon) and Mendocino County (California) are setting ambitious goals to end homelessness among young people in their rural community.
A Way Home America (AWHA) today announced that four more communities have launched 100-Day Challenges to accelerate efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness in their communities.
This work is made possible through funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Rapid Results Institute (RRI) is providing overall design of the 100-Day Challenges and is partnering with HomeBase to offer coaching support to each community as they embark on their 100-Day Journey.
The 100-Day Challenge is a project designed to stimulate intense collaboration, innovation and execution in pursuit of a wildly ambitious 100-day goal. The method was pioneered by the RRI to help communities around the world tackle tough problems.
These four rural communities will each establish a 100-Day Challenge goal that includes housing a significant number of young people currently experiencing homelessness in their community. Goals may also include preventing youth from exiting a public system (like child welfare) without safe and stable housing. The compressed timeframe of 100 days, high visibility, and support from coaches, peers, and federal leaders creates the possibility for rapid progress and radical change.
100-Day Challenges are part of a growing national movement to prevent and end youth homelessness in America. In Austin, Cleveland, and Los Angeles, 413 young people exited homelessness and were housed in just 100 days—exceeding the original goals they had set at the start of their journey. In Baltimore, Columbus, Hennepin County, Louisville and Palm Beach County, 651 young people were housed in just 100 days.
“As we gather momentum in our efforts to end youth homelessness nationwide, communities that undertake 100-Day Challenges are leading the way,” said Matthew Doherty, Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. “We look forward to learning from leaders in these rural communities about the challenges and opportunities that arise as they work to ensure that every young person has a safe and stable place to call home.”
Norm Suchar, Director of HUD SNAPS Office, had this to say about the launch “We are incredibly excited about the four new communities participating in 100-Day Challenges to house young people experiencing homelessness. 100-Day Challenges have led to many local innovations and sparked momentum to end youth homelessness in our nation. We are grateful to everyone participating, and we look forward to seeing the impact in your communities.”
Daley Barnwell-Moore, a representative from the National Youth Forum on Homelessness, stated that “The 100-Day Challenge has propelled communities forward into a unique world of creative problem solving. It encourages youth and young adult engagement and intentional collaboration. [Communities] are navigating those untreaded roads and they are leading to ‘Rapid Results.’ We’re extremely excited to see how each new community seizes this moment to make bold changes, as well as having the opportunity to experience those journeys with you!”
Individuals, organizations, and communities interested in following the 100-Day Challenge progress can sign up to receive news from AWHA at www.awayhomeamerica.org. Those interested can also follow the challenges using #100DayChallengeAccepted and #endyouthhomelessness on Twitter.
The Director of A Way Home America, Megan Gibbard Kline, is available for interviews about these 100-Day Challenges and other national efforts to end youth homelessness. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | 206-605-5044.
Nadim Matta, the President of the Rapid Results Institute, is available for interviews about the theory and practice of RRI’s 100-Day Challenges. Contact: email@example.com.
About A Way Home America
AWHA is a national initiative to build the movement to prevent and end homelessness among young people. AWHA is made up of local and state public sector organizations, advocates, researchers, young people, homeless youth providers and philanthropists united behind the goal of ending youth homelessness. www.awayhomeamerica.org
About The Rapid Results Institute
RRI is a non-profit organization that creates transformative and sustained impact on tough societal challenges. RRI uses its 100-Day Challenges to support front-line teams to shape and deliver seemingly impossible goals, and it helps leaders leverage these initial 100-day goals into sustained, long term, impact. www.rapidresults.org
HomeBase is a nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to the social problem of homelessness. The mission is to end homelessness, prevent its recurrence, and decrease its effect on communities. HomeBase works on the state and national level to support communities in implementing responses to homelessness while fostering collaboration in addressing the political and economic causes of homelessness. www.homebaseccc.org