Homeless Prevention Council to Conduct Youth Count Survey

BARNSTABLE – The Homeless Prevention Council will be conducting the 2019 Massachusetts Youth Count Survey for the Cape and Islands. 

The annual effort is a project of the Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness. This year’s count runs through May 12.

“Every year Massachusetts does a youth count to determine, to the best of our ability, the number of youth and young adults under the age of 25 who are either homeless or are facing housing instability,” said Aodhan Hemeon McMahon, of the HPC.

“This is now the third year the Homeless Prevention Council has been working on distributing this survey, and the results of this survey directly lead to potential advancements.”

The HPC says the survey plays an essential role in understanding youth homelessness and housing instability on the Cape and Islands.

“The data that we get from the survey allows us to provide potential support opportunities for policy reform and new program designs. That’s really very essential on the Lower Cape and the entirety of Cape Cod,” said Hemeon-McMahon.

Youth and young adults under 25 can participate in this year’s Youth Count by taking the online or printed survey before May 12. 

“On behalf of the Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness I am pleased that Homeless Prevention Council is coordinating the 2019 Youth Count. Youth Count 2019 is a project of the Massachusetts Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth and is funded by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services,” said Director of Barnstable County Human Services Beth Albert.

“The annual Youth Count is aligned with Barnstable County’s Homeless Youth Grant which provides services and supports to unaccompanied homeless youth on the Cape and Islands aged 24 and under.”

The survey is available at https://tinyurl.com/mayc2019.

By TIM DUNN, CapeCod.com News Center 

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