Get Ready for HUD's Point in Time Count of Young People Experiencing Homelessness

A homeless young man.

Next month, communities across the nation will once again estimate the number of people experiencing homelessness, in the Department of Housing and Urban Development's annual point-in-time count. If yours is one of them, you may be looking for resources to help you include young people in your count.

First off, HUD has launched a new app that can be used for the count. The 2015 PIT Mobile App can be downloaded from Google Play or the Apple App Store. You can get an overview on the HUD Exchange website.

We've written before about efforts to improve the counting of homeless teens and young adults. We Count California!, a project of The California Homeless Youth Project recently shared nine tips for youth point-in-time counts on the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness blog. The National Alliance to End Homelessness also hosted a webinar about California's efforts.

We particularly like that We Count, California! has developed a sample survey and a bank of questions communities can use to customize their local counts.

On the NAEH website, you'll find advice from Nevada and three ways to improve counts of homeless youth, with a focus on counting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning, who are believed to make up a disproportionate percentage of young people experiencing homelessness.

Here on the NCFY site, you can find out how improve your count by hiring youth as counters and get more advice from communities that have worked to improve their counts. You can also hear from NAEH's Samantha Batko about why getting a more accurate count of homeless youth matters.

(Publications discussed here do not necessarily reflect the views of NCFY, FYSB or the Administration for Children & Families.)

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