Homelessness

A recent growth of research has highlighted the significant overlap of justice-involved and homeless youth population. Approximately 63% of homeless youth have experienced law enforcement contact, according to the Administration of Children, Youth, and Families, and a 2015 report by Columbia Legal Services indicated that over 30% of justice-involved youth have experienced homelessness or unstable housing. However, the bulk of juvenile-justice oriented programming primarily emphasizes the development of personal, internal skillsets in mitigating risk of criminal involvement. In comparison, a dearth of programming resources address homelessness and housing instability as it relates to risk of criminal involvement. The SAJE Center has committed to developing system-level tools to better identify and serve youth at the intersection of homelessness and justice-involvement, with the ultimate goal of reducing crime. Currently, SAJE is engaged in the early early phase of this collaboration, developing predictive metrics that identify at-risk youth and families based on criminal, school, and family related histories. As SAJE progresses through the stages of this project, more information will be provided. Please return to this page for future updates.