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Homeless Youth Count

Volunteers staffing a table at the homeless youth count

Each year, New York City conducts a point-in-time (PIT) count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless adults, families, and youth based on the guidelines put forth by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). For the past two PIT counts, NYC agencies, runaway and homeless youth (RHY) providers, and advocates have collaborated to improve upon the traditional PIT methodology for counting homeless youth. The NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and the Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI) have coordinated these efforts.

In 2016, the youth count was expanded to include more locations, greater outreach to community partners, and youth participation in the planning process.

The count took place on four days in early February 2016. During the count, program staff and/or volunteers at the 63 participating programs aimed to ask every youth who came into the program or were encountered during outreach to complete a short survey. Participating programs included drop-in centers, outreach teams, housing programs, emergency shelters, community centers, community-based probation sites, public libraries, and a public defender's office. The survey included information about where the youth spent the night on the night of the PIT count, as well demographic and other questions about their housing status.


Overall, 1,432 surveys were conducted during the Youth Count. Of those, 44 met the HUD definition of unsheltered and 248 were in other unstable living situations.
Together with the other components of the PIT count, there were 1,805 homeless youth on one night in February 2016; 152 of those youth were unsheltered and the others were living in shelters. Additionally, there were 2,261 parenting youth and 2,681 children with parenting youth living in shelters.


NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
Please see report for the complete list of partners.


NYC Youth Count Report 2017
NYC Youth Count Report 2016

Youth Count Flyer 2016
Youth Count Questionnaire 2016
NYC Youth Count Report 2015