Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Sharon K. Patten, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Elena Izaksonas, MSW, LICSW

Third Advisor

Edgar Young, MSW, LGSW


This study sought to gather data from key informants, who are professional staff members of agencies and community resources that serve homeless youths. Youth homelessness is on the rise and this study sought to gather the opinions. ideas, and recommendations of key informants that have or are working directly with this population to better understand their needs, in hopes to lessen or eliminate its growth in numbers around the Twin Cities area. Ninety surveys were sent to key informants and forty-six (51%) of the surveys were returned, which showed that there is great interest in and concern about the homeless youth phenomena. The findings show that there is still great need to develop more tailored resources, better service delivery systems, more collaborative systems, more options for youths, and better social policy to aid and protect youth that are homeless.


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