As part of the requirements for receiving federal funding to address homelessness; every community receiving HUD funding must conduct a bi-annual "point -in- time; count of persons experiencing homelessness. For the first time as part of the new Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing; Act guidelines; unaccompanied youth will be counted in the Point in Time count in every community across the country.
For youth providers and advocates; this is a great opportunity to improve knowledge on the size and nature of youth homelessness and to help us to increase our ability to advocate for the youth we serve. Accurate data about the number of youth experiencing homelessness can become a strong argument for an increased investment at the national; state; and local levels. However; to obtain sound data Continuum of Care; CoC; bodies and youth providers must partner together in this effort.
The National Network for Youth; the John Burton Foundation for Children without Homes; the D.C. Alliance of Youth Advocates; and the National Alliance to End Homelessness have joined in partnership to host a webinar to highlight three communities that have successfully performed targeted youth counts. The webinar will inform youth provider; and allies about how to partner with CoC bodies to ensure a successful count as well as provide concrete strategies for CoCs regarding promising practices; methodologies; and lessons learned; and how to incorporate these strategies into the youth inclusive point-in-time counts; as well as effective strategies for counting youth in rural communities.
The featured communities include: San Jose; Southern Nevada; and D.C.
Don't miss this opportunity to make sure that youth experiencing homelessness in your community are effectively counted;