Pathways to Success

Building Evidence to Prevent Homelessness Among Foster Care Youth

In 2013, the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), Division of Child Welfare (DCW) was chosen as one of 18 grantees to receive a planning grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau under their Youth-At-Risk-of-Homelessness (YARH) demonstration projects.

Since then, Colorado was selected as one of six grantee sites to move on to Phase II, to implement and conduct a formative evaluation of the model intervention conceived in Phase I.

The purpose of YARH is to develop, implement, and test a model intervention that prevents and addresses homelessness among youth with current or prior foster care involvement. Ultimately, the goal of the YARH demonstration projects is to produce evidence-based interventions that other child welfare agencies can implement in their jurisdictions in an effort to prevent youth with foster care involvement from becoming homeless.

The Why It Matters video highlights the importance of partnership between young people and caseworkers in developing a youth-driven Roadmap to Success. This video matters because the young people who we serve matter. They rely on us, as professionals, to provide support, encouragement and connection with resources to pursue their goals, hopes and dreams.

CPR is building the evidence-base to support interventions designed to prevent homelessness among youth aging out of the foster care system. Read more to learn about Colorado’s Pathways to Success project.

Below you will find information related to the development, implementation and research conducted over the course of the three phases of the Youth at Risk of Homelessness (YARH) project funded by the Children’s Bureau and OPRE.  Below are links to download the planning documents, intervention manual and evaluation reports from the Pathways to Success project. Check back here to find newly released Pathways related reports as the summative evaluation of YARH3 progresses.

YARH3 – OCT 2019

An Early Picture of Youth and Services – Descriptive Report

This descriptive report describes the services offered through Pathways and the comparison hubs, characteristics of the hubs, and
baseline characteristics of the youth and young adults who enrolled in the study through the first year of enrollment.

November 2023


Lessons from the Field: Determining Youth and Young Adult Eligibility for Services: Grantee Tools and Processes

This brief describes the tools and processes that Phase 2 of the Youth At-Risk of Homelessness (YARH-2) grantees have implemented to identify and screen youth and young adults who may be eligible to participate in their comprehensive service models.

March 2023

Lanae Davis, MPA


Lessons from the Field: Using Housing Vouchers to Support Youth with Child Welfare Experience

This brief is part of a series that shares strategies used by organizations that serve youth and young adults who have been involved in the child welfare system and are at risk of homelessness. Collecting and sharing these lessons with organizations that have similar missions is one step in developing evidence on how to meet the needs of this population.

March  2021

Lanae Davis, MPA


Colorado Pathways to Success Formative Evaluation Final Report and Research Brief

September 2020

Lanae Davis, MPA, Nancy Thoennes, Ph.D., Savahanna Matyasic, MSW


Colorado Pathways to Success Intervention Manual

September 2019

Lanae Davis, MPA, & Savahanna Matyasic, MSW


Utilizing Coaching to Prevent Homelessness Among Transition-Age Youth with Foster Care Histories

January 2018

Tara Prendergast, MCRP, & Lanae Davis, MPA


Developing a Model Intervention to Prevent Homelessness Among Youth Aging out of Foster Care

September 2018 

Lanae Davis, MPA, Tara Prendergast, MCRP, & Denise McHugh, JD


To learn more about Pathways to Success, please contact:

Trevor Williams, Project Director
P: 303.866.4539

Denise McHugh, Pathways Project Manager
P: 720.331.2746

Lanae Davis, MPA, Lead Evaluator
P: 303.837.1555