Homeless Youth Management Information System, Fiscal Year 1996
Dataset Number: 74
Investigator(s): Senior Analyst: Diepenbrock, E. Systems Analyst: Papadopoulos,
is estimated that over a million young people run away or become
homeless each year. These
youth face increasingly complex issues, including substance abuse,
physical and sexual abuse, and AIDS.
The serious issues faced daily by these youths are coupled with
funding constraints among almost all agencies providing services to
In 1974, Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) authorized
funding to assist community based programs to serve youth who were not
otherwise being served by the traditional public agencies.
The funding was used for the operation of basic center programs
which would provide support for runaway and homeless youth (RHY).
The programs offered emergency shelter, crisis intervention
services, and family reunification services.
In 1988, the Transitional Living Program was introduced in
order to provide services to older youth requiring assistance in
While helping to support at risk youth, the FYSB laws also
mandate that certain data be regularly collected and reported.
For example current grantees must report on the profile of the
youth and families they serve, and provide an overview of the services
which they deliver under their grant programs.
In order to assist grantees in their reporting
responsibilities, FYSB funded the development of a Runaway and
Homeless Youth Management Information System (RHYMIS).
The RHYMIS was designed to provide comprehensive information on
youth served, services provided, and programs which provide the
services. The RHY MIS was
designed, developed, and implemented by Information Technology
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