This project was initiated by leadership of the Youth Eligibility Team within
the Human Services and Public Health Department at Hennepin County,
Minnesota. This team has responsibility for serving homeless and highlymobile
youth ages 16-19 and pregnant youth and parenting youth up to age
21 who are seeing public assistance in the form of cash assistance, food
support (SNAP), health care, specialized housing services and pregnancy or
child care assistance.
This project team was asked to research, evaluate, and provide
recommendations on best practices in three areas: creating awareness of
assistance programs amongst eligible youth; improving access to public
assistance programs amongst eligible youth; and improving the ability of
youth to maintain eligibility over time.
Professional paper for the fulfillment of the Master of Public Policy
Ghere, Erin; Neal, Brad; Hernandez-Martinez, Martha; Schmitt, Christi.
Delivery of Eligibility Services to Hennepin County Youth: Access and Maintenance.
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
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