Webinars Available to Help Communities Count Homeless Young People

The Family and Youth Services Bureau is working closely with federal government partners and its Runaway and Homeless Youth Program grantees to get better local and national data on the number of homeless young people living on their own in the United States. Counting unaccompanied youth is a key priority in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s January 2013 point-in-time count of people experiencing homelessness.

“Having a good estimate of how many young people are living on the streets or surfing from couch to couch is fundamental to getting our arms around the problem of youth homelessness in this country,” says Resa Matthew, director of FYSB’s Division of Adolescent Development and Support. “The more we learn, the better we can get the resources where they are most needed to meet our goal of ending youth homelessness by 2020.”

Because unaccompanied homeless youth are often difficult to find, HUD, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services are working with nine sites during the 2013 count to test the best ways to locate and approach homeless young people. The demonstration sites include the cities of Boston, Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and Winston-Salem, NC, as well as King County, in Washington, Hennepin County, in Minnesota, and Washington State.

“The Youth Count! sites will help us better understand what works and what doesn’t when we’re counting homeless youth,” Matthew says. “But we also encourage our grantees in all communities to get involved and learn what it will take to collect the best data possible in the 2013 point-in-time count.”

To that end, FYSB’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center is holding a series of webinars on conducting local point-in-time counts of homeless youth. The webinars are aimed at runaway and homeless youth programs, school districts and HUD continuums of care for people experiencing homelessness.

Access recorded webinars in the FYSB Resource Library.

Grantees can register for the remaining webinar on December 19 through the Event Calendar.