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Count of homeless or unaccompanied youth underway

Tarrant & Parker Counties, TX -- 3/10 through 3/14

FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ACH Child and Family Services, Tarrant County Homeless Coalition, and UT Arlington are conducting the first ever Youth Count in Tarrant and Parker Counties for unaccompanied youth, age 13 – 24, in unstable living arrangements (i.e. shelters, streets, couch surfing).  The effort seeks to provide more detailed and reliable information to all the agencies that serve the youth within that age range, "All of us that provide services and programs to these young people are always looking for reliable and complete data, which is not always readily available," explained Carla Story, senior director for Residential services at ACH Child and Family Services, a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing programs and services to children and families in Tarrant and surrounding counties. 

The youth count will focus on unaccompanied youth living in emergency shelters, transitional housing, doubled-up with a friend or family member, couch surfing, on the streets, encampments, or places not meant for housing, "It is our goal to collect as much information on this population about their current situation, what their needs are and what resources they could benefit from the most," Ms. Storey said.  The survey that has been created will provide an in-depth look at the realities that homeless youth in Tarrant and Parker Counties are facing.  With the results of this count the agencies look to increase awareness of youth homelessness in North Texas.  Ms. Storey also explained that another reason an accurate count of unsheltered and unaccompanied youth is necessary is because it is something that can help the cities and counties where the surveys will be administered.

The count will be held March 10 – 14.  For more information, people can visit at facebook.com/tcpcyouth or contact Carla Storey at [email protected] or 817-886-7128. 

Contact Information:
Youth Count Project
ACH Child and Family Services 
Carla Storey 
817-886-7128

SOURCE ACH Child and Family Services

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