New Haven Region YETI

August 25, 2017

New Haven Region
Youth Engagement Team Initiative

Youth Engagement Team Initiatives (YETIs) are the regional work groups that bring together partners working in youth and housing services to end youth homelessness in Connecticut. They are also responsible for organizing and implementing their region’s Youth Count.

YETIs are open to the public to join! We welcome your contribution to helping end youth homelessness in the New Haven Region. The YETI is composed of homeless service providers, youth services agencies, McKinney-Vento Liaisons, members of the Department of Children and Families, Department of Education, and Department of Mental Health and Addition Services, as well as advocacy groups in the region and youth with lived experience.

The New Haven Region YETI, which encompasses the area outlines below, is lead by Paul Kowzowsky. To connect with your Youth Engagement Team Initiative Leaders, email


The goal of the New Haven Youth Engagement Team Initiative, or YETI, is to organize the community to bring together partners and stakeholders and create a plan to end youth homelessness by 2020. Youth and young adults, between the ages of 14-24, can be one of the most difficult populations to engage but also the most vulnerable.

In connection with this goal, the New Haven YETI is responsible for organizing and operationalizing the region’s annual Youth Count! To read more about the Youth Count, click here.

Helping Youth Get Housing 

If you are a youth or young adult struggling with homelessness and housing instability in the Greater Hartford area call 2-1-1 and connect with them for assistance. You can also visit for information on resources in your area.

If you are aware of any youth who need housing, you can assist the individual by calling 2-1-1 with them. A representative from 2-1-1 will assist the individual with the next steps in securing shelter and housing.

Additional Resources

New Haven Regional Needs Assessment

New Haven Regional Data from 2017 CT Youth Count!

2017 CT Youth Count Data

USICH Guidelines for Ending Youth Homelessness

More Information and Resources on Youth Engagement Team Initiatives & the Youth Count