Homeless Census & Survey

Collecting Data For Impact, Not Headlines

 Collecting Data For Impact, Not Headlines

This blog post picks up from last week’s covering Homeless Point-In-Time Counts. As impactful as the federally required data for the Point-in-Time Count can be, many communities choose to identify additional factors affecting their neighbors experiencing homelessness. As planning for the 2019 Point-in-Time Count begins, ASR recommends the following tips to help communities prepare their survey materials.

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Makin' It Count (PIT Counts)

Makin' It Count (PIT Counts)

A growing economic divide, soaring costs of living, and a housing inventory shortage have contributed to nearly 135,000 individuals experiencing homelessness on a given night in California. While the issue can seem overwhelming and complex, understanding and estimating the size and scope of the problem is critical to efforts to end and prevent homelessness.

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How you can take action to prevent and end youth homelessness

How you can take action to prevent and end youth homelessness

This week, in the spirit of #GivingTuesday, we conclude our series with 7 ways you and your organization can end youth homelessness.

 

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Building a movement to end youth homelessness

Building a movement to end youth homelessness

As our Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness Month blog series continues, this week we turn our attention toward efforts to end youth homelessness in the U.S.

 

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Characteristics of young people experiencing homelessness

Characteristics of young people experiencing homelessness

On any given night in 2016, there were 35,686 unaccompanied young people under the age of 25 experiencing homelessness across the U.S. Nearly one-third of these young people were residing in California. This week, in continuation of our Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness Month blog series, we examine some of the characteristics of youth experiencing homelessness.

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Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness Month

Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness Month

 

In recognition of November as Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness Month, Applied Survey Research will be posting a series of blog posts highlighting the unique characteristics of young people experiencing homelessness, the challenges and successes found in responses to the crisis, and ways stakeholders can take action to prevent and end homelessness among young people in their communities.

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Innovating HUD Homeless Counts

ASR focuses its community building efforts to end homelessness through peer-centric data collection that informs community action. Read about how ASR's processes have developed and evolved from 2005 to 2017. Article included media links to coverage from the 2017 Homeless Point-In-Time Counts.

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The Abandoned Generation: Unaccompanied Homeless Youth and Young Adults

While homelessness in the United States has decreased over the last decade, the number of young adults ages 18-24 years old experiencing homelessness has dramatically increased. In 2013, ASR conducted homeless counts with targeted youth outreach in 5 Northern and Central California counties. In these 5 counties, counts showed that 25% of those experiencing homelessness were between the age of 18 and 24 years old.

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ASR Helps to Conduct 3,500 Surveys with Individuals Experiencing Homelessness in California

While ASR has been a strong advocate of including homeless children and youth in data collection and outreach strategies, we have not lost site of the big picture. Homelessness affects children, youth, and adults. In total, ASR conducted homeless counts and surveys in 7 Northern and Central California counties: Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Sonoma. Results from the census counts showed that while the population of those experiencing homelessness has shifted to include more families and unaccompanied children and youth, the majority of the population continues to be single adults over the age of 25.

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Homeless Census Process Results in Success Stories

We’ve already heard great reports from some of our guides and volunteers who helped us in our projects. Many volunteers who participated in the count reported it was an eye opening experience, and their experience inspired them to do more for the homeless community. Todd*, a guide, reported he was able to use his money from participating in the census to get the tools and boots required for his new job, a goal that would have been unreachable without his work on the census. Jenny* used her money to get a haircut before several job interviews. We’ve received many such stories from our partners and it’s always thrilling to hear firsthand accounts of positive changes throughout the community.

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