CJJ Releases New Report: ``Principles for Change``

“Principles for Change” outlines ways to ensure that young people do not experience homelessness as a result of their involvement with the juvenile justice system, and that they likewise do not become involved with the justice system because of a lack of housing. The report also features a series of key resources that states and communities can use as they work to achieve these goals.


“Principles for Achieving Change” was developed in partnership with the National Network for Youth and the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, and was guided by a panel of national, state, and local expert project advisors. The report was created through the generous support of the Raikes Foundation, the Tow Foundation, and the Melville Charitable Trust.


“Each year, nearly 380,000 minors experience “unaccompanied” homelessness — meaning they are homeless and without a parent or guardian — for a period of longer than one week. 1 These young people, much like their adult counterparts, are often cited, arrested, charged, and/or incarcerated instead of being provided with the supports they need. One million youth are also involved with law enforcement or the juvenile justice system each year,2 an experience that can increase their likelihood of becoming homeless.


Many young people experience both homelessness and justice involvement. The following key principles and policy recommendations can help jurisdictions ensure that a youth’s involvement with the juvenile justice system does not increase the likelihood that they will experience homelessness, and that youth experiencing homelessness receive the services and supports they need instead of being cited, arrested, charged, or incarcerated. Juvenile justice agencies, youth homelessness service providers, and related stakeholders can improve outcomes for youth through collaboration, innovation, and the use of research and promising practices to inform their work. These recommendations should be used as a guide.”

Download the report here!