Online Program

Including coe mckinney vento data in your PIT count

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Samantha Green, MSc, Applied Survey Research, Oakland, CA
HUD has asked providers to work with local school districts to increase the number of homeless youth included in the 2013 Point in Time Count of homeless individuals. Since 1996, ASR has worked with continuums across California and the United States to improve Point of Time (PIT) data collection strategies. (ASR) was an early adopter of homeless youth counts and is currently working with Santa Clara, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Luis Obispo counties to include County Office of Education (COE) numbers in their counts. These current projects have increased our understanding of the partnerships, staffing, and time required to gather these data and has created a system to identify not only the number of youth but also the number of families experiencing homelessness. ASR has found that outreach through the local McKinney Vento liaisons, while targeted to enumerate youth, has granted access into the lives of families experiencing homelessness. Homeless families are a population that has proven difficult to count for many communities and the methods used in 2013 present an affordable alternative to strategies which rely on contacting the general population through telephone surveys. ASR will document: how local continuums can work with McKinney Vento liaisons to verify the number of children and families experiencing homelessness on a given night; how to streamline the data collection process; challenges to working with youth and school districts; and how high quality research translates into public policy changes for the homeless (new funding, shelters, programs).

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Design a County Office of Education Youth/Family data collection strategy. Identify key partnerships. Discuss ways of narrowing the demands placed on County Office of Education staff. Discuss the data collected and evaluate study results.

Keyword(s): Homelessness, Adolescents

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal or co-principal of multiple studies focusing on the identifying the scope and scale of youth homelessness. Among my scientific interests has been the development of strategies for increasing out understanding of this population and strategies for addressing youth and family homelessness.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.