Homeless Prevention Council to Conduct the 2018 Youth Count Survey

ORLEANS – The Homeless Prevention Council has announced that it will conduct the 2018 Massachusetts Youth Count Survey for the Cape and Islands.

Results from the survey drive the development of the Massachusetts State Plan to End Youth Homelessness and can help to address critical issues such as emergency shelter needs for youth.

The annual statewide initiative will be held Monday, April 23rd through Sunday, May 13th with data collected from the survey going to help support policy reform, new program design and current service delivery.

The Council is partnering with volunteers from the Community Leadership Initiative of Lower Cape Cod, Hyannis Youth and Community Center, Cape Cod Community College, and other organizations to distribute surveys across our region.

In 2017, 74 surveys were completed in 13 out of the 23 Cape and Islands communities. HPC is aiming to get a broader group of respondents this year by utilizing partnerships with other organizations and coordinating a broader outreach effort.

Community input is critical to get an accurate count, so anyone working with young people facing housing instability or who can share this survey with others it may impact, are encouraged to do so at tinyurl.com/mayouthcountsurvey.

The survey can be completed online in less than 5 minutes.

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