Youth Homelessness in Texas: A report to fulfill the requirements of House Bill 679

The 84th Texas Legislative Session’s House Bill 679 (Appendix A) required the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), in conjunction with other members of the Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless (TICH), to conduct a study of homeless youth and submit a report to the Texas Legislature no later than December 1, 2016. In the study, TDHCA is directed to

1) collect data on the number of homeless youth in the state;

2) examine the needs of homeless youth and the degree to which current programs are meeting those needs;

3) identify any sources of funding that might be available to provide services to homeless youth; and

4) develop a strategic plan establishing steps to be taken and timelines for reducing youth homelessness in this state.

The current report was prepared to address the requirements of the legislation through a contract by TDHCA with the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work.