Survey aims to take a broad look at homeless youth in King County
At least 776 youth and young adults were homeless or unstably housed on Jan. 24 in King County, according to the “Count Us In” survey. Organized by King County and United Way, the survey attempts to take a broad look at youth and young adults who are homeless or may be homeless soon.
The group found 447 youth and young adults in emergency shelter or transitional housing. The remaining 329 were either unsheltered or at risk of losing their housing. Sixty percent were people of color.
Most of those counted were young adults. Of the 776 people counted, just 96 were under 18.
Survey organizers combine data from shelters with individual surveys distributed to 29 locations that homeless youth and teens frequent, such as drop-in centers and libraries.
This is the third year of the survey, but it is the first year Count Us In conducted its survey in January to coincide with the One Night County, which is organized by the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness. Volunteers collected surveys on Jan. 24 and cross-referenced the information with shelter data from the previous night.
In the last Count Us In survey, conducted in May 2012, the group counted 685 youth and young adults, of which 145 were under 18. It is difficult to compare the results because they were conducted at different times of the year, using different methodologies.
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