The Urban Institute has released its findings on Youth Count, an effort held earlier this year to count the number of homeless youth in nine cities across the country. The federal government selected New York as one of the nine pilot cities to participate in the count, which was designed as a demonstration project to better understand how best to count homeless youth.
The Institute's report and findings will help shape future youth counts in the city. This invaluable evaluation will help advocates learn from cities across the country about their experiences with this year's youth count. You can read the report here. The Urban Institute also released a video on this year's effort, which features homeless youth from around the country as they discuss the importance of the count effort. See the video below:
The National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) released its annual State of Homelessness in America report last month. The document, available here, provides housing and homelessness data for each state and analyzes trends nationwide.
NAEH's report offers both good and bad news. On the positive side, the data shows a significant decrease in veteran and chronic homelessness. The report finds that veteran homelessness dropped 7.2% from 2011 to 2012 while chronic homelessness dropped 6.8% in the same time span. NAEH unequivocally ties these findings to supportive housing, arguing that "the ongoing and increased development of permanent supportive housing, a proven solution to ending homelessness for people with disabilities, is bringing down chronic and veteran homelessness numbers in communities across the country."
Overall, the report finds .4% decrease in homelessness nationwide.Continue Reading