2017 Will be Baseline for PIT Data to Track Ending Youth Homelessness Progress
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced that 2017 will be the baseline year for using Point-in-Time data to track progress towards ending youth homelessness.
Applied Survey Research and Chapin Hall Voices of Youth Count will be presenting a webinar in which they will discuss planning and implementation of effective youth counts. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
Speakers will discuss planning and implementation strategies for counting unsheltered youth in the 2017 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count.
Both organizations have extensive experience helping communities plan and implement effective youth counts.
Identifying youth on the streets through typical counts of unsheltered people experiencing homelessness can be difficult.
- Homeless youth are less likely to spend time in the same places as homeless people who are in an older age range.
- They are often less willing to disclose that they’re experiencing homelessness or may not even identify as homeless.
- They also may work harder to try to blend in with peers who aren’t homeless.
As background, for the first time in 2013, HUD called for communities to conduct a youth-inclusive count that would include unaccompanied homeless youth, up to 24-years-old.
According HUD’s 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, 36,907 unaccompanied youth experienced homeless on a single night in 2015, 87 percent of whom were between the ages of 18 to 24. Given the difficulty of counting homeless youth, this estimate is likely an undercount.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance) estimates that during a year approximately 550,000 unaccompanied, single youth and young adults up to age 24 experience a homelessness episode of longer than one week. Approximately 380,000 of those youth are under the age of 18.
Applied Survey Research (ASR) is a social research firm dedicated to helping people build better communities since 1980.
Voices of Youth Count is an innovative, national policy research initiative designed to link evidence and action by capturing the experiences of runaway, unaccompanied homeless and unstably housed youth, more clearly defining the size of the population and scope of the issue, and driving compelling knowledge into the hands of the broad national community dedicated to ending youth homelessness
Voices of Youth Count is being designed and carried out in an active collaboration between Chapin Hall, at the University of Chicago, youth, 22 partner communities, funders, national research experts, implementation partners, and allies from across the country. It has prepared a new toolkit, “Conducting a Youth Count.”