Youth Count

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.

Spotlight

Library Resources

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Solutions Brief | January 26, 2012
Having an accurate count of homeless youth helps a community to understand the scope of the problem and to design solutions. The District of Columbia Alliance of Youth Advocates (DCAYA) is leading the effort to deepen understanding about the prevalence and needs of homeless youth in Washington, DC.
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Federal Policy Brief | September 9, 2011
The National Alliance to End Homelessness recommends that Congress appropriate a small amount of funding to carry out Congress’s requirement of a study of homelessness among youth. This study would contribute to the effectiveness and efficiency of bipartisan efforts to protect these uniquely vulnerable young people.
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Toolkits | October 20, 2010
The Alliance and the National Network for Youth recommend that communities fully include homeless youth in their local January 2011 Point in Time (PIT) counts by using the strategies in this brief.