Trying to Accurately Count Homeless Youth
The National Alliance to End Homelessness’ Sharon McDonald recently wrote a blog post, “Homeless Youth Count (And Should Be Counted!)” which explains why #homelessyouth often go uncounted during “point-in-time” counts of the homeless.
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.
Click here for her full blog post.