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How Many Homeless Youth Are in Houston?

Local researchers recently unveiled their findings of a 2014 survey conducted of homeless youth in Harris County. Youth Count 2.0 counted more than 600 13-24 year-olds during October and November of last year. These were minors and young adults who were homeless or “unstably housed,” which means they’re temporarily staying with friends or acquaintances, or don’t […]

Local researchers recently unveiled their findings of a 2014 survey conducted of homeless youth in Harris County. Youth Count 2.0 counted more than 600 13-24 year-olds during October and November of last year. These were minors and young adults who were homeless or “unstably housed,” which means they’re temporarily staying with friends or acquaintances, or don’t know where they can stay 30 days from the time they were surveyed.

Of the some 600 who were counted, more than 400 completed surveys to give researchers a comprehensive picture of homeless youth in Harris County.

To get a better understanding of the homeless teen problem in Harris County we talk with a co-investigator of the project, Dr. Diane Santa Maria, assistant professor at the UTHealth School of Nursing about the findings and how better counting and survey methods can improve programs and policies aimed at Harris County’s homeless population.

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