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CT Youth Count: 3,000 Youth Experiencing Homelessness in CT

Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness
 

Along with the 2015 Connecticut Point-in-Time Count (CT PIT), the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) coordinated the first statewide Connecticut Youth Count this winter. Traditionally, the CT PIT has followed regulations and methodologies established by  the U.S. Department of Urban and Development (HUD) to identify individuals experiencing homelessness. However, utilizing the same methodologies to gather data on unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness has resulted in under-counting of unaccompanied youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.

The CT Youth Count used two different methodologies to identify youth experiencing homelessness: a community survey and a school estimation survey administered by Youth Count Coordinators (YCCs). In addition, the CT Youth Count expanded the definition of youth experiencing homelessness and the timeframe for conducting the survey.

YCCs administered 1,342 community surveys to “focus areas” around the state of Connecticut: Fairfield County (mainly Bridgeport and Norwalk), Hartford, Meriden, New Haven, Torrington, and Waterbury. Forty-four percent (585) of the youth surveyed self-identified as experiencing homelessness or housing instability. The school estimation project identified 930 unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness. The report projected that “between 2,783 and 3,075” youth and young adults were experiencing homelessness at the timeframe of the CT Youth Count.

Additional findings of the 2015 CT Youth Count:

  • 30% of the female youth stated that they were either pregnant or parenting.

  • 30% of the youth experiencing homelessness reported being involved in DCF care.

  • Youth with previous involvement with DCF care tended to be involved in the criminal justice system and be housing unstable.

  • The majority of housing unstable youth were either living in shelter or a host home (with family a member), in transitional housing or with friends.

  • Employment, housing, education and food were some of the main services identifies by youth that would enable them to improve their quality of life.

Click here to access the report. Please refer to Section 5 for the CT Youth Count report.

 
 

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