Evaluating child and youth homelessness

Following a review of approaches taken to generate accurate estimates of the scale of child and youth homelessness in America, this article documents the methods and results of a multipronged count of homeless children and youth in New Haven, Connecticut. The survey used in this count accessed demographics and service needs, and was administered on the streets and in a wide range of service provision settings. A total of 170 homeless families were located, comprised primarily of young, single, African American women and their children. These families need 323 children, suggesting an annual prevalence of 1,688 in this community. This work addresses the paucity of information on homeless children and youth located in small to midsized cities.
Kidd,Sean A.
Accession Number: 13875108; Kidd, Sean A. 1Scrimenti, Kathryn 1; Affiliations: 1: Yale University; Source Information: Aug2004, Vol. 28 Issue 4, p325; Subject Term: HOMELESS childrenSubject Term: HOMELESS youthSubject Term: HOMELESSNESSSubject Term: HOMELESS families; Subject Term: CONNECTICUTSubject Term: NEW Haven (Conn.)Subject Term: UNITED States; Author-Supplied Keyword: countAuthor-Supplied Keyword: reviewAuthor-Supplied Keyword: homeless children/youth; Number of Pages: 17p; Illustrations: 1 chart; DOI: 10.1177/0193841X04264820; Document Type: Article
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Evaluation Review
This article describes an extensive effort to survey homeless youth in New Haven, Connecticut. Many issues related to surveying homeless youth are discussed. The findings of the survey suggest that approximately 1,688 children are homeless in New Haven each year, which is proportionally similar to larger urban areas. Their mothers are usually single with one or two children, and face significant difficult with meeting their most essential needs. The strengths of the survey design used were its thoroughness and cost efficiency. From conducting the survey, the authors determined that accessing homeless youth on their own in small urban settings is more difficuly that in large urban setting. This is because fewer youth-oriented services are available in smaller cities.
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Adolescent / High School; Prevalence
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