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Counting Homeless Youth: Developing Key Partnerships
Solutions Brief | September 6, 2012
Historically, unaccompanied youth have been undercounted during local Point in Time (PIT) count efforts that are mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in January of every other year (some communities conduct them every year). Data from PIT counts can be used to inform the need for particular service and housing interventions; as well as inform systemic planning and funding. The Alliance and the National Network for Youth encourage communities to fully include youth experiencing homelessness in PIT counts to improve the data on the prevalence of the issue. Developing key partnerships is a vital first step that will ensure that all of the right players, such as youth experiencing homelessness, are a part of the planning and execution of the PIT count.