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City, State, youth agencies conducting youth homelessness survey

Posted by boston.com  January 31, 2014 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by The City of Somerville:

The City of Somerville, working in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, is conducting a survey of young residents up to age 24 who are currently homeless or may be at risk of becoming homeless. 

From Jan. 30 through Feb. 5, Massachusetts is conducting its first statewide census of unaccompanied homeless youth who are not in the physical custody or care of a parent or legal guardian and who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. 

Utilizing youth ambassadors from agencies throughout the City of Somerville, youth will be asked to complete a confidential survey. Data collected will help state officials better understand how and where to distribute funds for youth programming and residential programs.
 
City officials estimate that there are approximately 70 homeless unaccompanied youth currently living in Somerville.
 
To complete the survey, visit Just a Start, Wayside, Teen Empowerment, Somerville Homeless Coalition, Respond, Community Action Agency of Somerville, and Catholic Charities or contact Kelly Donato: 617-625-6600 ext. 2560, KDonato@somervillema.gov, or Russell Koty, 617-625-6600 ext. 2568, RKoty@somervillema.gov.

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