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Including Youth in Your Community


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Title: Including Youth in Your Community

Including Youth in Your Communitys Point-in-Time
Count, Part 1
A National Priority
  • Barbara Poppe,
  • Executive Director,
  • US Interagency Council on Homelessness

A National Priority
  • Nan Roman
  • President and CEO,
  • National Alliance to End Homelessness

What is a Point-in-Time Count?
Part 1 Homeless Population Sheltered Sheltered Unsheltered Total
Part 1 Homeless Population Emergency Transitional Unsheltered Total
Number of Families with Children (Family Households)
1. Number of Persons in Families with Children
2. Number of Single Individuals and Persons in Households without Children
(Add Lines Numbered 1 2)

Part 2 Homeless Subpopulations Sheltered Sheltered Unsheltered Total
a. Chronically Homeless
b. Severely Mentally Ill
c. Chronic Substance Abuse
d. Veterans
e. Persons with HIV/AIDS
f. Victims of Domestic Violence
g. Unaccompanied Youth (Under 18)
The Youth Gap
CoC Number Sheltered Unsheltered Total
4 0 4
0 0 0
0 0 0
0 0 0
9 0 0
0 0 0
0 0 0
41 0 41
0 0 0
0 0 0
0 0 0
0 0 0
0 0 0
Why are Point-in-Time Counts Important?
Total amount of federal and local
funds. Distribution of federal and local
funds Program model decisions
  • Point in Time Data
  • Scale of homelessness
  • Concentration of homelessness
  • Measures effectiveness of programs and policies

Counting Homeless Youth in Your Community
NOW Ensure the CoCs PIT plan includes youth
  • Recruit organizations serving homeless youth and
    currently and formerly homeless youth to inform
    strategic planning.
  • Identify lead person or organization to develop
    and coordinate youth-focused strategy.
  • Develop materials to educate youth and community
    about purpose of PIT Count.
  • Modify existing planned data collection method or
    instrument if needed.

Step 2 Map out locations and sources of data
  • Identify all stakeholders that may encounter or
    serve unaccompanied, homeless youth.
  • Identify locations where homeless youth who are
    not regularly receivi9ng services may congregate.
  • Recruit homeless education liaisons and/or others
    in the public school system, local police, and
    other public agencies that may serve or
    temporarily detain homeless youth.

Step 3 Facilitate collection of data.
  • Identify knowledgeable volunteers and
    practitioners to act as leads in collecting data.
  • Ensure volunteers collect data throughout day and
  • Locations should be surveyed multiple times
    throughout the day.

Step 4 Promote the quality of data gathered.
  • Host a training on PIT survey protocols for
  • Ensure consistent definitions of various living
    situations to record accurate responses.
  • Address mandated reporter issues for youth under
    the age of 18.

Step 5 Analyze data on youth homelessness.
  • Recruit skilled researchers and writers to assist
    with data analysis and report findings from the

Step 6 USE PIT findings to educate policy
makers and the public about youth homelessness in
your community.
  • For all of the documents discussed on todays
    webinar, visit
  • http//

Alliance Families and Youth Contacts
Sharon McDonald
Samantha Batko
André Wade
Counting Homeless Youth Webinar Series
  • November 17, 2010 _at_ 2 pm ET
  • Including Youth in Point-in-Time Counts, Part 2
    A Case Study of San Jose, CA
  • Register https//
  • Including Youth in Point-in-Time Counts Part 3
    Community Lessons Learned
  • To be held shortly after Thanksgiving