Even though communities across New Jersey have already conducted #NJCounts 2015, she makes the following suggestions for how to most accurately include youth experiencing homelessness in counts that we should all keep in mind for 2016:
Make sure to include youth sleeping in runaway and homeless youth programs.
Contact homeless youth providers, including drop-in centers and outreach workers, to get recommendations on where youth who are outdoors can be located.
Ask youth who are experiencing homelessness for advice on locating places where young homeless people congregate and strategies to engage them.
Vary the time the count is conducted to reach youth during the afternoon hours, when they might be found more easily.