Connecticut Single Point of Contact System
Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) is partnering with the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) to address the significant barrier housing insecurity presents to student success. A workshop was held at Manchester Community College on December 4, 2018 to address this issue. Several institutions have joined our work in exploring how to get more accurate data concerning homelessness and housing insecurity and how to implement a Single Point of Contact (SPOC) system to provide a more comprehensive, consistent and trackable response to homeless students.
What is Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for college students?
SPOCs are safe and supportive college administrators committed to helping unaccompanied homeless youth navigate the college process. They connect students with campus departments and services and provide ongoing support. SPOC networks are located throughout the country, including here in New England. These networks have developed ways to meet the unique needs of their students.
Through SPOC, we engage students on college campuses to help end homelessness.
2018 CT Youth Count!
Connecticut State Colleges and Universities is working with the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness as we prepare for the 2018 Youth Count! Initiative from January 24, 2018 through January 31, 2018. The CT Youth Count! is part of a statewide effort to understand and end youth homelessness by 2020.
Unaccompanied homeless youth and young adults are a largely hidden population. Some homeless young people are identified during the annual Point-in-Time Count census of homelessness, but many are missed because they often do not access adult emergency shelters or other homeless services. The January 23rd, 2017 PIT Count will be followed by a week-long effort to count homeless youth, powered by schools, youth providers, state agencies, faith-based groups, and youth themselves. These partners head the effort to collect the data we need to have a better understanding of homelessness and housing instability among youth in Connecticut. On the night of January 24, 2017, 4396 young people were experiencing homelessness or housing instability across Connecticut. The 2018 Youth Count! will take place January 24, 2018 – January 31, 2018 with service providers, community groups, schools, youth, state agencies, colleges and universities working together to conduct the count. During this week, teams of youth and volunteers survey young people along routes, at organizations and at “hotspots” to collect information on their housing status. Youth are not identified by name, but can be connected to services in the region. Information is sent to the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness to analyze and share with the wider community, state, and federal partners.
The CT Youth Count! is essential to getting the data to understand the resources our state needs to reach this ambitious goal. The success of the 2018 CT Youth Count depends on the participation of volunteers. Volunteers for the count can participate according to their availability during the week of January 24th-30th in their communities. Please participate and volunteer. Together, we can end youth homelessness in Connecticut!
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