A Shared Approach to Combating Homelessness

One in 30 Young People Experience Homelessness Before Reaching College Age

To combat youth homelessness, we’ve partnered with research institutions like the University of Southern California and Arizona State University for a national collaboration called REALYST: Research, Education and Advocacy Co-Lab for Youth Stability and Thriving. With the research and ingenuity provided by a diverse group of academic and community partners, we’re forming a comprehensive approach to addressing youth homelessness for both the near- and long-term.

About Our 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 collect 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 is used to deepen our understanding of the problem and determine how solutions can be developed and applied on a community basis. 

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

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