Service Utilization Among Homeless and Runaway Youth in Los Angeles, California: Rates and Reasons (1999)

De Rosa CJ, Montgomery SB, Kipke MD, Iverson E, Ma JL, Unger JB.

Search Terms: homeless youths, service patterns, drop-in centers, service utilization, runaway youth, Los Angeles

Summary: This article describes service utilization patterns of homeless and runaway youth in a “service-rich” area of Los Angeles, California; identify demographic and other correlates of utilization; and contextualize the findings with qualitative data. Because shelters and drop-in centers act as gateways to other services and offer intervention potential for these hard-to-reach youth, it is vital that we understand the perceived barriers to service utilization