The MA Special Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth is sponsoring its second annual statewide youth count the week of January 28, 2015.  The Western region participated in last year’s first count and did a remarkable job in a very short period of time (click here for the 2014 MA Youth Count Report).

This year, we are getting an earlier start and determined to do an even better job in locating and learning from our communities’ unaccompanied homeless youth.  The count also includes a youth survey that will be distributed beginning 1/29/15 through 2/3/15 (this is timed in coordination with the annual HUD mandated Point in Time Count which will take place on January 28).

If your organization engages with youth, we need you!  Please support the effort by reaching out to our CoC coordinators who will provide additional information about the youth surveys, outreach events and the hiring of “youth ambassadors” to support youth engagement:

Hampden County CoC: Lizzy Ortiz,, 413-787-6500
Three County CoC: Teri Rutherford,, 413-296-4536 ext. 110

The information collected in this count and survey is critical to our advocacy and fundraising efforts to better meet the needs of our unaccompanied homeless youth population.  Thank you for your support!

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