Announcements, Homelessness, Supportive Housing

"Invisible No More" Forum Explores Homelessness Among CT Youth

 

Over 100 policy makers, legislators, activists, and youths who are or have been homeless gathered the morning of December 12 at Hartford’s Legislative Office Building for “Invisible No More,” a policy forum on homelessness among Connecticut’s youth.

Speakers include  Robert Pulster, of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, Connecticut youths who are or have been homeless, and the co-authors of a first-of-its-kind study on the youth, Derrick M. Gordon, Ph.D. and Bronwyn A. Hunter, Ph.D., of The Consultation Center, Yale University School of Medicine.

Their study, “Invisible No More,” is the result of a year of research that included input from 98 young people who are or have been homeless. The study found that such youth often are not connected to services, and populations within the youth who are most vulnerable to housing insecurity are LGBT, trafficked, and/or have some involvement with the juvenile justice or child welfare systems. Young men and boys of color are also especially vulnerable, according to the study.

Recommendations included:

  • Create a planning task force to develop and recommend strategies to address housing insecurity for young people
  • Develop strategies to improve the point-in-time-count of the number of housing insecure young people by increasing collaboration across Connecticut state systems and non-profit organizations and expanding the methodology used in gathering data and outreach to capture these young people
  • Include the voices of all young people in the review, development, and approaches developed to address their housing needs
  • Build on best practice experiences of other states
  • Increase the supervision and training at the Connecticut state and local provider level to help providers identify and work with housing insecure young people
  • Ensure that service systems address the unique needs of LGBT young people

The event was hosted by Stacey Violante Cote, Esq., Center for Children’s Advocacy and chair of the Reaching Home Youth Workgroup, and Alicia Woodsby, deputy director of Partnership for Strong Communities.

The study was funded by American Savings Foundation; Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness; Melville Charitable Trust; Partnership for Strong Communities, and Tow Foundation. The event was co-sponsored by Connecticut’s Joint Committees on Housing, Children, Human Services, Education, and Public Health. 

Read the Invisible No More Executive Summary.

Read the Invisible No More Full Report.

 
 

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