Help End Youth Homelessness: Join the 2017 Youth Count

Participate in the statewide effort to understand the scope of youth homelessness

December 21, 2016

Connecticut– The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness is conducting the second statewide count of unstably housed and homeless youth ages 13-24 from January 25-January 31, 2017. The 2017 CT Youth Count will provide information essential to our efforts to advance toward the goal of ending youth homelessness by 2020. Volunteers are needed across the state to support this effort.

Unaccompanied homeless youth and young adults are a largely hidden population. Some homeless young people are identified during the annual Point-in-Time Count census of homelessness, but many are missed because they do not typically access adult emergency shelters or other homeless services. The January 24th, 2017 PIT Count will be followed by a week-long effort to count homeless youth, powered by schools, youth providers, state agencies, faith-based groups, and youth themselves. These partners head the effort to collect the data we need to have a better understanding of homelessness and housing instability among youth in Connecticut.

Connecticut’s 2015 Youth Count indicated that some 3,000 young people were experiencing homelessness in the state. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced that 2017 will be used as the baseline year for federal data collection on homeless youth.

The success of the 2017 CT Youth Count depends on the participation of volunteers. Volunteers for the count can participate according to their availability during the week of January 25th-31st in their communities. Please join participate and volunteer. Together, we can end youth homelessness in Connecticut!

To register as a volunteer for the 2017 Youth Count! or Point-in-Time Count, please click here or visit http://cceh.org/volunteer-registration-2017/. For the 2015 Youth Count! Report, please click here. For questions or press related inquiries, please contact training@cceh.org.