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100-Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness Update: Midpoint Connection!

 

100-Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness

 

Midpoint Connection, Emerging Trends & What You Can Do to Support the Teams!

As of July 17, 2019, 218 youth and young adults were successfully housed or diverted from homelessness and connected to services through the 100 Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness in Connecticut. This success could not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the 100 Day Challenge teams and the support from local and statewide system leaders, community partners, and youth partners. As we get closer to the final days, your continued engagement, support, and guidance remain paramount to achieve the collective goal of housing over 400 youth and young adults in 100 days.

If you haven’t already, go to ctcandata.org (Youth 100 Days 2019) to view your community’s progress toward their goals.

Midpoint Connection

On Thursday, July 18, 2019, the teams joined the Reaching Home Youth and Young Adult Homelessness Workgroup to celebrate the half-way point of the Challenge, sharing their achievements, innovations, barriers, and goals for the final push!

Key Takeaways:

  • The Waterbury/Litchfield team connected 100% of the youth and young adults they’ve housed who had indicated a need for mental health services to those services.
  • The Southeast team created and is utilizing a data collection tool to gather information on minors experiencing homelessness.
  • The Greater New Haven team and STRIVE Employment Resources partnered to develop a modified 5-day employment curriculum for youth involved in the Challenge.
  • The Fairfield County team developed an employment questionnaire tool to use at CAN intake
  • The Central team created a system-wide referral form for navigation and are providing financial literacy skills as an essential tool for youth to sustain their homes.
  • The MMW team has implemented a personal and individualized approach to identify youth experiencing homelessness in their region.
  • The Greater Hartford team will be hosting a landlord brunch during the last week of the Challenge.

The teams were asked to provide a few keywords highlighting what this experience has been for frontline team members to date.

Emerging Trends and Challenges:

  • Many of the teams have hosted, or are in the process of hosting, landlord engagement events.
  • Teams are developing new data and referral tools to better serve clients.
  • Almost all teams are engaging with employment partners, recognizing the need for reliable income to sustain housing!
  • Transportation, childcare, and affordable housing access is challenging.  Lack of transportation is making it harder for youth to get to work, appointments, educational programs, and complete daily errands. Areas with limited housing resources for youth are having some barriers identifying affordable homes to place youth. The Fairfield County team has identified the lack of child care for young adults as an obstacle to achieving their goal.

Here's What You Can Do:

  • Continue to follow and share the Fairfield County 100-Day Facebook page.
  • Follow & like the Youth Continuum Instagram page, which contains updates for the Greater New Haven team. They are working to increase the number of Instagram followers by 500 people within the next 20 days to better raise awareness of youth and young adult homelessness.
  • Participate in the community events being held in your local area.
  • Continue to encourage and recognize the amazing work that the teams are doing.  Provide them with support (an email, a phone call, collaboration) for the final weeks.
  • If you are a landlord and you are interested in participating and contributing to this effort, please reach out to your local teams.
  • Donate to your local team’s Go Fund Me page, if any.

What's Next:

  • On August 28 and 29th, the teams will meet for a workshop to discuss sustainability of the gains achieved during the Challenge. They will share insights, lessons learned, and plans for how to sustain the momentum after the Challenge. All team members should plan to attend the workshop.

For more information on the CT Youth Homelessness 100 Day Challenge contact Charlie Shaddox at charlie@pschousing.org or go to the Partnership for Strong Communities 100-Day Challenge webpage.

 
 

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