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What is the Youth Count?
The 2019 Youth Count is the fourth statewide census of homeless and unstably housed youth and young adults in Connecticut.
Volunteers will administer an anonymous survey to youth ages 13-24 across the state during the week of Jan. 23-29.
Why Conduct the Youth Count?
The data collected from the 2019 Youth Count is essential to understanding the size and scope of youth homelessness in CT and how we can best provide resources and services to serve this population.
This information will help Connecticut end youth homelessness by 2020.
Youth and young adults are a particularly difficult population of homeless to identify. They are less likely to self-identify as homeless or seek out services for a variety of reasons: lack of knowledge, shame, fear, and pride among them. The goals of the CT Youth Count are to reach as many young people as possible, enlist new partners in our efforts to end youth homelessness, expand our geographic reach, and improve our collaboration on a local level in serving these youth. CCEH and the YETI Collaborative group worked to make sure the survey tool used was person-centered and trauma-informed; improved the effectiveness of our counting strategies; and refined questions to reflect new data needs. The survey helps us estimate the number of youth who experience homelessness, but it also improves our knowledge of the patterns of youth homelessness, the duration of homeless episodes, and the involvement or lack of involvement with other service systems such as child welfare and the criminal justice system. In addition, the Youth Count provides a clearer picture of the demographics of this population, highlighting the disproportionality of subpopulations such as pregnant and parenting youth, LGBTQIA youth, youth of color, and those aging out of foster care. The Youth Count also includes data on risk factors related to homelessness.
Snapshots of DATA from previous counts:
• 3,000 youth identified through 3 methods enhanced coordination and recruitment methods
• 33% had DCF/Foster Care involvement
• 22% had Criminal Justice involvement
• More than 40% indicated they had no permanent place to live for over a year
• 38.6% identified their race as “black” and 36% identified ethnicity as Hispanic
• 30% of females indicated they were pregnant or parenting
• 25% of “literally homeless” youth self-designated as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or questioning
• 33.1% had DCF/Foster care involvement
• 20.6% had criminal justice involvement
• 41.1% said they cannot stay where they are as long as they needed
• 22.1% said the place they were currently staying in was unsafe
• 37.1% identified as black and 36.4% identified as Hispanic
• 18.6% of respondents were pregnant or parenting youth
• 11.8% identified as bisexual and 6.1% identified as gay or lesbian
• 70.7% of youth that were homeless or housing unstable said they did not seek shelter
Data found here: http://www.cceh.org/youth-count/
Interested in volunteering but have questions about the geography? Please click here to see towns affiliated with each region.
Download our 2019 Youth Count flyers here and here!