Strategy Addresses Undercount and Finds 62% More Youth
The City of San Jose in Santa Clara County, California has adopted new, specialized strategies to include youth in its biennial Point-In-Time (PIT) count. This effort began after local homeless youth and youth advocates argued that traditional PIT count strategies were failing to identify young people, leading to a consistent undercount of homeless youth in the community.
Using new approaches, San Jose completed its most recent count in 2011, identifying:
601 unaccompanied homeless youth age 24 and under, which is well over the 373 youth counted in 2009; and
Unaccompanied youth represented 15 percent of the city’s total homeless population.