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|There is a noticeable dearth of national and local data on the number, patterns and characteristics of homeless youth. Communities across the country can move towards improving data on youth homelessness by conducting comprehensive targeted youth counts. Improved data will help communities size the scope of the problem to better target interventions to solve the problem of youth homelessness.|
To improve data on homeless youth HUD should make a concerted effort to better include youth ages 18-24 years old into its bi-annual Point-In-Time Counts. Furthermore, all programs serving homeless youth should input data into HMIS to be able to better understand the number, patterns, and characteristics of homeless youth in their community.
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The map is for educational purposes to indicate which communities have done targeted youth counts, along with their results and methodology; and to illustrate the lack of national data that is had on homeless youth. the Alliance is not making a statement of endorsement or accuracy by posting findings and links to reports of communities that have done counts and/or surveys of youth that are homeless.