October 1, 2019 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) --180 Degrees is pleased to announce that A Way Home America (AWHA) announced Hennepin county as a selected community for its Grand Challenge to end youth homelessness. 180 Degrees is among several organizations within Hennepin County to participate in this initiative.
The Grand Challenge aims to end homelessness for LGBTQ+ youth and youth of color, paving the way to eventually end housing insecurity and homelessness for all young people. LGBTQ+ youth and youth of color are 120% more likely to experience homelessnss than their peer. Youth of color make up 89% of young people experiencing homelessness between ages 18 and 24.
Over the next two years, AWHA will support Hennepin County and nine other communities across the country in developing targeted strategies to address the problem in their areas. These communities include Richmond, VA, Miama-Dade County, FL, San Francisco, CA, Sacramento, CA, Palm Beach, FL, Tuscon, AZ, Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, and Anchorage, AL.
AWHA's Grand Challenge is based on the theory of "Targeted Universalism," meaning that if communities focus on meeting the needs of populations most impact by youth homelessness, they can build a system that meets the needs of all young people who experience homelessness.
The Grand Challenge is supported by the Ballmer Group, the Butler Family Fund, the Campion Foundation, the Liberty Mutual Foundation, the Melville Charitable Trust, the Raikes Foundation, and the Schulze Family Foundation.