The Point in Time (PIT) survey is a federally mandated annual event that aims to identify the number of people experiencing homelessness. The survey collects data on how many people are experiencing unsheltered or sheltered homelessness and what factors contributed to their current situation.
The survey is particularly important for marginalized groups such as LGBTQ youth, who are disproportionately affected by homelessness due to a range of factors including family rejection, discrimination, and lack of access to support networks.
LGBTQ youth are among the most vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness. According to a study by the National LGBTQ Task Force, LGBTQ youth are at significantly greater risk of experiencing homelessness than non-LGBTQ youth. In fact, LGBTQ youth make up to 40% of the total homeless youth population in the United States.
The PIT survey provides crucial data on the prevalence of homelessness among LGBTQ youth. This data is used to determine funding allocations for programs that aim to prevent and intervene in youth homelessness. Without this data, the issue of LGBTQ youth homelessness may go unnoticed and underfunded, perpetuating the cycle of homelessness. Moreover, the PIT survey also gathers important demographic information that can be used to better understand the experiences of homeless LGBTQ youth. This information can be used to design effective interventions and programs that address the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.
In 2024, the Delaware Continuum of Care will conduct the PIT survey to count of people experiencing homelessness, with the assistance of community volunteers and partners. On the same night, a census of available homeless-dedicated temporary and permanent housing resources is undertaken, called the Housing Inventory Count (HIC). Together, these data points provide information about the need facing Delaware’s homeless response system and the supply of available shelter and housing options.
The survey will involve a range of stakeholders such as service providers, community volunteers, and government officials. The data collected will be used to inform policy decisions and the allocation of resources. The survey is an opportunity to ensure that LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness are counted, and that policies and programs are targeted towards their unique needs.
In conclusion, the Point in Time survey is an essential tool in addressing homelessness among LGBTQ youth. It provides critical data that informs policies and programs aimed at preventing and intervening in youth homelessness. The upcoming Delaware PIT survey is an important opportunity to ensure that the unique needs of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness are counted, and that policies and programs are informed by accurate data.
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