Sponsored by i4Y (Innovations for Youth) at UC Berkeley, the aim of the Catalyst Group to End Youth Homelessness is to catalyze the synergy between research and practice to contribute to the elimination of youth homelessness both in the Bay Area as well as on the UC Berkeley campus. Our working group is made up of students, faculty, staff, and community partners—combining lived experiences of homelessness with research strategies and a passion for advocacy. Recognizing that the silos of research, practice, and policy have created gaps that prevent the achievement of effective solutions, we emphasize a Research-Practice Partnership (RPP) approach to our work, including stakeholders and partners at the ground level of developing research and advocacy strategies.
Interested in getting involved with the Catalyst Group? We would love to hear from you, send us an email — i4Y@berkeley.edu.
- Youth Homelessness White Paper, Part I: Principles and Prevention: Reducing the number of youth experiencing homelessness (2019)
- Youth Homelessness White Paper, Part II: Decreasing the time a youth remains homeless and the percentage of youth who return
i4Y and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health COVID-19 Community Action Team have released a series of short videos and COVID-19 Triage Tool for providers working and caring for youth who are experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. These videos serve as a resource for the people at the front line of caring for youth experiencing homelessness across the country. To address the needs of youth experiencing homelessness in the Bay Area, The Ending Youth Homelessness Catalyst Group has released the report "One the COVID-19 Front Line and Hurting: Addressing the Needs of Providers for Youth Experiencing Homelessness in Berkeley and Alameda County."
The Team has also authored a series of recommendations for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in regards to housing people experiencing homelessnes during the pandemic. Please feel free to share these resources widely.