Youth Count Philadelphia

 

Each year, Philadelphia performs a Point-in-Time Count of all homeless individuals living on the streets, unsheltered, or in temporary shelter housing. The purpose is to estimate the size of the population in need of housing and critical life supports, and the Point-in-Time Count is the only statistical estimate of street homelessness currently being conducted.

Given that homelessness can look much different for a young person than an adult, the Youth Count was created to help accurately capture the population. Led by Valley Youth House, a coalition including Covenant House PA, Mazzoni Center, Youth Health Empowerment Project, Youth Service Inc, and other local youth service providers works to promote the Youth Count in the community and facilitate the quarterly event.

Philadelphia is among 22 cities to participate in the national “Voices of Youth Count,” an in-depth national study on runaway and homeless youth. The study is being conducted by University of Chicago’s Chapin Hall Center for Children, a research and policy center focused on improving the well-being of children and youth, families, and their communities. Chapin Hall’s Executive Director Bryan Samuels, former Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, spearheaded the development of an intervention framework for ending youth homelessness by 2020 and has long been an advocate for the concept of a national estimate of unaccompanied homeless and runaway youth as a critical first step toward solutions for this population.

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Do you want to help with the next Youth Count?

 

The next Youth Count will be held in Spring 2017. Stay tuned for details. Thank you to the over 150 volunteers who supported the most recent count on January 26!

VOLUNTEERS will be assigned to teams to travel throughout Philadelphia with designated team members and a team leader to interview and interact with homeless young adults under 25 years old. Street Team volunteers will complete surveys using a tablet and distribute hygiene kits and resource information.

Unable to help during the Youth Count event? Want to help pre-event?  Here are ways to be involved: 

DONATE to Valley Youth House to aid our efforts, not only with the Youth Count, but with all our programs dedicated to assisting homeless youth. Whether you make a financial contribution, donate hygiene items and other supplies via our Amazon Wishlist, or host your own supply drive, your support directly supports youth in need.

SPREAD THE WORD about the Youth Count by telling your networks about our efforts.  Contact Libby Mathewson to receive flyers or coordinate a promotional session for youth.

RAISE AWARENESS of the disproportionate rate of homeless youth.  Click here to view the report from the November 2015 Youth Count.

CONNECT with us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter to receive information about our programs, outreach, and annual events dedicated to the ongoing support of homeless and housing insecure youth.

LEARN MORE By taking a look at the published articles surrounding previous Youth Count efforts: NBC10Philly Gay News, and WHYY.

Philadelphia is among 22 cities to participate in the national “Voices of Youth Count,” an in-depth national study on runaway and homeless youth. The study is being conducted by University of Chicago’s Chapin Hall Center for Children, a research and policy center focused on improving the well-being of children and youth, families, and their communities.

Chapin Hall’s Executive Director Bryan Samuels, former Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, spearheaded the development of an intervention framework for ending youth homelessness by 2020 and has long been an advocate for the concept of a national estimate of unaccompanied homeless and runaway youth as a critical first step toward solutions for this population.