Special Populations



Education Options and Support for Homeless Youth: In 2007, Congress enacted the College Cost Reduction and Access Act which contained provisions for homeless youth and education. The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth has released a toolkit related to college access and success for homeless youth. The toolkit provides service providers with the resources they need to understand the options and supports available for college-bound homeless youth and assist these youth in accessing them. Download the toolkit here.


Almanac of Family Homelessness Released: The Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH) released the American Almanac of Family Homelessness, which provides a comprehensive state-by-state analysis on family homelessness statistics, policies, and programming. In a single, comprehensive resource, the Almanac analyzes key issues surrounding homelessness among families with children, highlights successful programs and practices at the state and local levels, and features groundbreaking initiatives from across the country. 


Building Systems to End Family Homelessness: The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness released this four page document announcing their commitment to end family homelessness by 2020. It outlines the key areas of action to achieve this goal, including collaborating with federal partners to develop a centralized entry system with the capacity to assess needs, ensure that interventions and assistance are tailored to the needs of families, help families connect to the mainstream resources, and develop and build upon practices for serving families experiencing and at-risk of experiencing homelessness.


The TAY Triage Tool: Identifying Homeless Youth Most in Need of Services: The Corporation for Supportive Housing has released this report to help providers and systems identify and prioritize homeless youth, ages 18 to 24 who need a housing intervention. The tool identifies six experiences that increase a young person's risk of experiencing five or more years of homelessness. With each experience identified, the risk that the young person will experience five or more years doubles. The tool is described as brief and non-invasive. Download the report.


Report Focuses on Family Homelessness: The effects of the Great Recession continue to linger for millions of homeless children and families, with over 1.1 million children identified as homeless in the 2011-2012 school year. A recent longitudinal study, Service and Housing Interventions for Families in Transition, sheds light on the situation of homeless children and families by examining the needs and characteristics of a group of homeless children and families over a year and a half. This study also analyzes the corresponding supports and services necessary to ensure residential stability among various subgroups of families. Read it here


Addressing Homelessness: Ending individual and family homelessness is of paramount importance to United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and all of their local, state, and federal partners. To assist in this effort, the USICH hosts a series of resources available to assist local communities begin or enhance their efforts to prevent and homelessness. An updated toolkit may be accessed here


Housing for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: This HUD report discusses the empirical evidence documenting the link between aging out of foster care and the experience of homelessness, findings about how communities can, and do, use the Family Unification Program to address the housing needs of youth aging out of foster care who do not have adequate housing, and strategies for rigorously evaluating housing programs for youth aging out of foster care to better understand the effectiveness of various housing models.



Behavioral Health


Behavioral Health United States 2012: SAMHSA's newly-released publication, Behavioral Health, United States, 2012, provides in-depth information regarding the current status of the mental health and substance abuse field. It includes behavioral health statistics at the national and State levels from 40 different data sources.


Meeting Mental Health Needs Through Medicaid: In 2013, the federal agencies funding Medicaid and mental health services issued a joint Informational Bulletin intended to assist states to design a benefit that will meet the needs of children, youth, and young adults with significant mental health conditions. The 11-page document outlines a number of initiatives within states that are not only clinically-effective but cost-effective too.


Youth Access to Mental  Health Care: Approximately one in five adolescents has a diagnosable mental health disorder, making these disorders one of the leading causes of disability among this age group. However, studies have found that most children and adolescents with mental health disorders do not seek out or receive the services that they need. This Child Trends brief outlines the issue. (5 pp.)


Behavioral Health Stats Available: Published by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), the "National Behavioral Health Barometer" provides data about key indicators of behavioral health problems including rates of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, underage drinking, and the percentages of those who seek treatment for these disorders. The Barometer shows these data at the national level, and for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Click here and look at the right hand column to see how your state compares to the nation.





Preventing Elder Financial Abuse: This guide provides information on common frauds, scams and other forms of elder financial exploitation and suggests steps that older persons and their caregivers can take to avoid being targeted or victimized. Click here for more information on FDIC's Money Smart for Older Adults curriculum.


Elder Justice Report Released: HHS and the Department of Justice released a framework for tackling elder abuse prevention and prosecution. The Elder Justice Roadmap was developed with input from hundreds of public and private stakeholders nationwide. The report will be considered by the Elder Justice Coordinating Council and others in developing their own strategic plans to prevent and combat elder abuse. A Fact sheet on elder abuse is available. Read the press release here


The Aging of America in One Chart: This animated chart shows the distribution of the U.S. population by age over time, starting at 1900 and ending with Census Bureau forecasts between now and 2060.


Demographics and Economics of Aging: This new Population Reference Bureau brief focuses on the demographics and economics of aging with a particular focus on Older Americans Act (OAA) services. It draws on research findings on the health, economic circumstances, and social well-being of older Americans, including disability, elder abuse, caregiving, long-term care, and cognitive impairment. (9 pp.)