Earlier this year, NN4Y launched a Cross-System Collaborative to End Youth Homelessness in Lancaster County, PA. We are partnering with Lancaster County’s Homelessness Coalition, as they gear up to end youth homelessness. We co-hosted a large community convening at Clipper Magazine Stadium with representatives from various intersectional organizations representing: Housing, Child Welfare, Education, Health, Workforce Development and Emotional Well-being. There was a desire to streamline Runaway and Homeless Youth Services so that those seeking help wouldn’t need to go to multiple organizations. They also expressed the need for organizations to know what other organizations provide so that they could communicate and refer community members to places to meet their needs.
NN4Y is grateful to work with such a dedicated group of individuals, organizations, and systems who are passionate to end youth homelessness. We look forward to helping them establish a Youth Action Board, so that those with lived experience can be part of leading the change-making process.