May 3rd, 2016
The Atlanta Youth Count and Needs Assessment is a comprehensive survey of youth homelessness in Atlanta, Georgia. The study intended to capture an accurate number of youth who are without permanent, stable, or consistent housing. Youth in this regard are considered individuals between the ages of 14 and 25. Due to the nature of their environment, unaccompanied homeless youth are a specific demographic that are at risk for numerous high-risk behaviors, including substance abuse, survival sex, and criminal behavior.
Three major goals of our project include:
- Provide metro-Atlanta service providers, policymakers, and youth advocates practical information on the size, nature, and needs of the homeless and runaway youth in our community;
- Collect information that can be used to develop and refine policies, programs, and interventions to help homeless and runaway youth in our community; and
- Encourage a community-wide dialogue about the needs and social determinants of youth homeless.
The Atlanta Youth Count! consists of a number of community-based organizations, students. volunteers, and academic from a range of specializations. We conducted two waves of data collection between June and July 2015.
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