Homeless Youth Risk and Resilience Survey
Researchers interested in understanding the needs and strengths of young people experiencing homelessness typically rely, out of necessity, on small localized samples. This limits their ability to understand the full range of experiences of young people across the country. What's more, very little is understood about the actual lives and experiences of these young people. To fully address youth homelessness, a comprehensive and up-to-date understanding of the behaviors, demographics, experiences, and sources of resiliency is required. To address this need, we developed the Homeless Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (HYRRS). The HYRRS is an assessment tool that collects in-depth detail on the experiences of young people and is designed to provide insight into differences and similarities across cities and communities.
Survey Data Fact Sheets
Participants and Procedures
Young adults ages 18-26
Homeless or housed with a voucher
Interviewed and recruited at homeless services specifically for young adults: drop-in centers, shelters, transitional housing
200+ young people in each city for surveys; 30 of those for qualitative interview
Survey self-administered on iPads
Participants to date
Cisgender Male 59%
Cisgender Female 34%
Something Else/Questioning 6%
Ever in Foster Care
High School Degree/GED
Spent last night in...
Unstable Housing 18%
Please use the following citation when referring to HYRRS data:
Research, Education, and Advocacy Co-Lab for Youth Stability and Thriving (REALYST). (2018). Homeless youth risk and resilience survey. Retrieved from realyst.org.