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Including Youth in Your Community’s Point-in-Time Count - a webinar presentation hosted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness on Monday, Nov. 8, 2010.

Including Youth in Your Community’s Point-in-Time Count - a webinar presentation hosted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness on Monday, Nov. 8, 2010.

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  • Including Youth in Your Community’s 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? Total Unsheltered Sheltered Part 1: Homeless Population Transitional g. Unaccompanied Youth (Under 18) f. Victims of Domestic Violence e. Persons with HIV/AIDS d. Veterans c. Chronic Substance Abuse b. Severely Mentally Ill a. Chronically Homeless Total Unsheltered Sheltered Part 2: Homeless Subpopulations (Add Lines Numbered 1 & 2) 2. Number of Single Individuals and Persons in Households without Children 1. Number of Persons in Families with Children Number of Families with Children (Family Households): Emergency
  • The Youth Gap 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 41 0 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 Total Unsheltered Sheltered CoC Number
  • Why are Point-in-Time Counts Important?
    • Point in Time Data:
    • Scale of homelessness
    • Concentration of homelessness
    • Measures effectiveness of programs and policies
    Total amount of federal and local funds. Distribution of federal and local funds Program model decisions
  • Counting Homeless Youth in Your Community
  • NOW : Ensure the CoC’s 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 collection.
    • 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 evening.
    • 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 volunteers.
    • 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 survey.
    Step 6: USE PIT findings to educate policy makers and the public about youth homelessness in your community.
  • Resources
    • For all of the documents discussed on today’s webinar, visit:
    • http://www.endhomelessness.org/content/article/detail/3502
    Alliance Families and Youth Contacts Samantha Batko [email_address] André Wade [email_address] Sharon McDonald [email_address]
  • Counting Homeless Youth Webinar Series
    • November 17, 2010 @ 2 pm ET:
    • Including Youth in Point-in-Time Counts, Part 2: A Case Study of San Jose, CA
    • Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/487542858
    • Including Youth in Point-in-Time Counts Part 3: Community Lessons Learned
    • To be held shortly after Thanksgiving