Research-To-Practice Brief

From Surviving to Thriving: Youth Perspectives on Navigating Homelessness and the Labor Market

Young adults facing homelessness are a growing demographic in need of greater economic stability—before the COVID-19 pandemic, one in ten young people experienced homelessness annually. In response to that need, MDRC and Covenant House entered into a learning partnership to explore the perspectives and experiences of those young people as they navigate the workforce amid a changing and often precarious labor market. (Covenant House is a nonprofit organization which provides housing and supportive services for young people facing homelessness and survivors of human trafficking.) Through surveys and interviews, the study team sought to learn about young people’s aspirations, reflect on their strengths and obstacles, and identify which supports they need as they navigate the workforce. The research findings shared in this brief will be used to help Covenant House develop new strategies to address youth employment needs.

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Education and Training
Special Populations
Homeless Families
Youth in Transition
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