The CoC Youth Committee is committed to ending youth homelessness. By identifying youth that experience homelessness, service providers can ensure that our Coordinated Entry is in place for quick linkage to services. Youth that are experiencing homelessness or insecure housing need low barrier emergency response resources to meet their housing needs. The goal of the Youth Committee is to increase data around youth homelessness, reduce barriers, improve diversion efforts, and get youth into stable housing.
One step to reducing youth homelessness is seeing what youth homelessness looks like in Kent County. Therefore, the fall of 2018 the CoC will be facilitating a Voices of Youth Count (VOYC). Like the Point in Time Count (PIT) that takes place in January, the VOYC seeks to accurately identify the number of youth ages 10-25 who are experiencing youth homelessness at any given time. A cornerstone of this count is to ensure youth voices are being heard. The Youth Action Board, made up of formerly homeless youth, will be a key participant for providing insight to how the count will be conducted.
Over the past few months, the Youth Committee has decided on 5 workgroups that will move the work of the committee and community forward – Discharge Planning, Coordinated Entry Planning, Voices of Youth Count Planning, Housing First and Resource Capacity Planning, and HIMS and Data Evaluation. Each workgroup has specific benchmarks and criteria that will help guide the work. Youth Committee meets on the 4th Friday of each month from 9-11am at United Way; workgroups will meet from 9-10am on the 4th Friday of each month.
- Discharge Planning
- Coordinated Entry Planning
- Voices of Youth Count Planning
- Housing First and Resource Capacity Planning
- HMIS and Data Evaluation
If you are interested in learning more or joining a workgroup, please contact Brianne Czyzio.