Policy Analysis Of The Runaway And Homeless Youth Act

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After analyzing the entire Runaway and Homeless Youth Act as a whole, much can be said for and against the economic and political aspects. As to any given argument or subject pros and cons as well as strengths and weaknesses will be weighed out enormously. The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act does abide by guidelines and requirements. All parts of the Act provide all involved with a clear and present purpose. I also believe that these shelters or centers provide the troubled youth with a support system that they could be lacking. Most youth probably don’t realize how widespread homelessness is and it happened to be there only option in certain situations. The homeless youth will not have that feeling of being alone under life threatening circumstances.
On a Micro level of social work I feel that the strengths of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act outweigh the weaknesses greatly. Although the services might not always benefit the client the main goal is to provide successful services to the youth. Depending on the situation it is stated in the RHYA that many youth are in need of urgent temporary shelter and services. First and for most safe and appropriate shelter is provided for the homeless youth. Individual, family and group counseling services are available under this act. () As well as providing the youth with many opportunities, such as drug prevention, street and home based services, GED and high school training, acquiring job skills and obtaining employment. Along the line of basic services offered, most age ranges are covered. Immediate shelter, a Transitional Living Program and a Maternity group home are offered to these youth coming off the streets. The Maternity Group home provides supervised transitional living arrangements for pregnant or parenting youth. Here they will learn smart decision making as well as parenting skills. The Transitional Living Program was designed to promote a transition for these clients to self sufficient living and prevent long-term dependency on social services. Another strength of this policy both micro and macro is that in 2008 when changes were occurring to the preliminaries of the act, the length of stay was increased in the shelters from 14-21 days and in the Transitional Housing Program from 18-21 months. This amount of time stated in the RHYA for an individual’s stay originally worried me only because what if the client’s needs were not met by this deadline what happens next? On the macro level this extension of time gives the agencies more time for implementation of services and programs. Agencies must try there hardest to not turn away any clients, because it could possibly come across as discrimination. It was rewarding to learn that these agencies are well equipped with information and techniques for the various people inquiring about services. As the National Alliance to End Homelessness states the United States served over 500,000 homeless youth in 2005. But the...

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