A Shared Approach to Combating Homelessness

One in 30 Young People Experience Homelessness Before College Age

Our Partnership

To combat youth homelessness, we worked with Arizona State University and other community and academic partners for a national collaboration called REALYST: Research, Education and Advocacy Co-Lab for Youth Stability and Thriving. The collaborative project shed light on the connections between youth homelessness and various social and economic traits. The results take us one step closer to effective new near- and long-term solutions.

About DU Research

We leverage cross-institutional collaboration to address some of today’s most pressing challenges, producing interdisciplinary solutions that influence policymakers to effectively serve the public good. From Stanford to UChicago to NYU, we’ve refined our collaborative process through years of mutually beneficial relationships with institutions nationwide to understand and address challenges like climate change, HIV and youth homelessness.

DU’s current research efforts have been featured in news outlets like The New York Times. They include…

  • exploring the effects of felony disenfranchisement.
  • employing lasers as the medium for quantum science.
  • using theatre to heal and rehabilitate inmates.

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About the Project

REALYST is a national, multi-site collaboration between academic and community partners, with the goal of using research to understand youth homelessness. We believe that understanding will inform policies and lead to effective solutions aimed at ending homelessness and housing instability among young people.

We collected in-depth detail on the experiences of young people experiencing homelessness across multiple cities and communities, looking at factors like gender, sexual orientation, race, education and time spent in foster care. That information was used to deepen our understanding of the problem and determine how solutions can be developed and applied on a community basis.

The project was a collaboration between the University of Denver, Arizona State University, the University of Houston, the University of Missouri - St. Louis, Hunter College and the University of Southern California, as well as a variety of community partners.

Discover Research at DU

Anamika Barman-Adhikari

An assistant professor at DU's Graduate School of Social Work, Anamika Barman-Adhikari specializes in research that explores the social-contextual determinants of risk and protective behaviors among vulnerable populations, such as homeless and minority youth. Her scholarship integrates survey-based research, study of digital practices among youth, the use of technology to promote effective intervention for at-risk populations, and innovative computational and analytical methods of observing interactions in physical and digital social networks.