What is the Durham Youth Count?
The Durham Youth Count is an initiative to establish an estimate of the number of Transition Age Youth (TAY) who are currently experiencing or have previously experienced a housing crisis. The Count is intended to assess how Transition Age Youth view their housing stability and whether this is a factor that contributes to challenges they face in other developmental aspects of their lives.
Who are Transition Age Youth?
For the purposes of the count, Transition Age Youth are defined as being aged 14-24 years old who are residing in Durham County.
When will The Count Occur?
The Count will take place over an eight day period beginning May 22, 2017 and ending on June 13, 2017.
Who is responsible for organizing the Durham Youth Count?
The Youth Subcommittee of the Durham Homeless Services Advisory Committee has convened a team of diverse stakeholders from all sectors who have worked to organize and plan this effort.
How do I get involved with the Durham Youth Count?
Count organizers are seeking individuals and organizations (including youth themselves) to assist with administering a survey with Transition Age Youth. For more information and to register to help with survey administration, contact Matt Schnars at 919-560-4570 ext. 22249
Is the Youth Count the same as a Homeless Point in Time Count?
While modeled after a traditional Homeless Point in Time Count (PIT) that occurs within the homeless housing system each year, a Youth Count is intended to be a way to reframe the PIT so as to better engage youth in the conversation around their current and past experience with housing stability. Transition Age Youth often do not identify as “homeless”, but may experience varying degrees of stability in their housing which contributes to difficulty in healthy development and achievement in other areas of their lives.
Where will The Count Occur?
The Count will target transition age youth who are staying in Durham County. Surveys will be conducted at identified locations throughout the community such as schools, after school programs, detention centers, shopping centers, and other locations where Transition Age Youth may congregate.