Hidden in plain sight, youth have been historically overlooked and undercounted in local, state, and federal efforts to enumerate the homeless population. But efforts to better understand the prevalence of youth homelessness are underway, as 2013 marked the first year the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) required communities to include unaccompanied minors and transition age youth in their Point-in-Time (PIT) counts of homeless individuals.
Following our report on promising practices and common challenges faced by California communities in counting unaccompanied homeless youth, our team from the University of California, Berkeley and California Homeless Youth Project is now offering a series of free one-day regional trainings across California in anticipation of the 2015 PIT count.
Members of the local Continuum of Care involved in PIT count planning, youth service providers, and McKinney-Vento school district liaisons are invited to attend a regional convening in which participants will:
· Explore how to incorporate promising practices and overcome common barriers in counting homeless youth during the Point-in-Time count
· Collaborate with local and regional partners to exchange ideas and build capacity
· Develop initial plans for youth-inclusive or youth-focused 2015 PIT counts
· Discuss the importance of better data on homeless youth, and its impact on programs and policy at the local, state, and national level
Travel stipends are available to support participation in the convening.
Following the training series, communities will have the opportunity to apply for seed grants to implement youth-focused initiatives in their 2015 counts.
For more information, please contact Coco Auerswald (firstname.lastname@example.org), Jess Lin (email@example.com; 415.326.6103), and Laura Petry (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We look forward to working together to move the needle forward around this issue!