Point-in-Time Counts Nationwide Inform Services

Polar Vortex won’t stop the count! As the nation braces for yet another cold front, service…

Point-in-Time Counts Nationwide Inform Services

Polar Vortex won’t stop the count! As the nation braces for yet another cold front, service providers and volunteers nationwide brave the elements and work around the clock to conduct annual point-in-time count.

In ChicagoRenoDallas and elsewhere across the country this census, part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s nationwide effort to assess the problem of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons, informs resources and services by providing an accurate assessment of needs.

This year, we are thrilled that an emphasis is being placed on homeless youth in these counts, which means having a better grasp on the problem.  Youth homelessness is often invisible as young people conceal their circumstances. And, being overlooked in official homelessness counts has consequences. Inaccurate data translates to too few beds, too few drop-in centers, and too few resources to meet ever growing demands.

Administration Releases Strategic Action Plan for Victims of Human Trafficking

Jointly developed by the White House, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and Health & Human Services with contributions from  service providers, including several NRS partners the Administration announced the release of the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States.

The plan details 250 action steps to ensure that victims of human trafficking in the United States are identified and have access to  comprehensive, trauma-informed services they need to recover. A recent report by the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, found homelessness to be the largest contributing factor to human trafficking (here).By providing youth access to shelter, free transportation for runaways returning home, and additional resources to keep youth off-the-streets, NRS is playing a role in reducing the opportunities for exploitation and keeping young people safe.

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