North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness

Analysis of Oregon's Investment in Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs

As a part of an increased investment of State money into runaway and homeless youth programs, Portland State University conducted an evaluation of the short-term outcomes of runaway and homeless youth programs in eight Oregon counties. In an interview with the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Donald Schweitzer, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Pacific University Oregon and member of the research team, said, "The main finding of our research was that a high percentage of youth in the programs returned home to family and community." The report includes a return-on-investment analysis that concludes that every dollar invested in runaway and homeless youth programs provides over four dollars in avoided education, employment, criminal justice, and substance abuse costs.
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