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Invisible No More Report: Homeless in Connecticut

Invisible No More Report: Homeless in Connecticut

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Published by Helen Bennett
Partnership for Strong Communities, a policy think tank, study released Thursday, polled 98 homeless youths ages 14 to 24 from across the state.
The study collected data on education, housing, finances, families, peers and mental and physical health, as well as interactions with law enforcement and drug use.
Partnership for Strong Communities, a policy think tank, study released Thursday, polled 98 homeless youths ages 14 to 24 from across the state.
The study collected data on education, housing, finances, families, peers and mental and physical health, as well as interactions with law enforcement and drug use.

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Published by: Helen Bennett on Dec 15, 2013
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I  NI   S I  n om o e
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Derrick M. Gordon, Ph.D. and Bronwyn A. Hunter, Ph.D. 
The Consultation Center Yale University School of Medicine
389 Whitney Ave., New Haven CT 06511
 
 
Homeless Youth in Connecticut 2 Special thanks to the Center for Children’s Advocacy and Partnership for Strong Communities for their collaboration and support of this work and the contents of this report. This work was made possible through the generous support of the Tow Foundation, the Melville Charitable Trust, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, the Partnership for Strong Communities, and the American Savings Foundation. This report would not have been possible without the generous support and consultation from Alicia Woodsby of the Partnership for Strong Communities and Stacey Violante Cote of the Center for Children’s Advocacy. Many thanks for your valiant support in moving this work forward.
Many thanks to the following interviewers and agencies:
Kids in Crisis New Haven Home Recovery Sound Community Services The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, Inc True Colors Youth Continuum, Inc Almanda Powell Ashleigh Eubanks Danielle Cohen James Baker Kathy Grega Krista Stepansky Sarah McGarry Sheila Kelly Stephanie Milfort Tracy Choomack Veronica Cruz Raycean Wright
 
 
 
Homeless Youth in Connecticut 3
Executive Summary
This report used a convenient and snowball sample of young people experiencing housing insecurity. A total of
98
 young people were interviewed in Bridgeport, lower Fairfield County, Hartford, New Haven, and New London. These young people completed structured and open-ended interviews about their experiences across several domains, including basic demographic information, education, housing, financial, family, peer, criminal justice, mental health, physical health, substance use, trauma, and personal functioning. In addition to structured interviews, a select group of young people completed semi-structured interviews that sought to identify the lived experiences of these young people over the past six months. Key informant and focus group interviews were also completed with service providers, Connecticut state agency representatives, and advocates who work with housing insecure young people. These structured interviews sought to identify and document the perspectives of providers who have experience addressing young people’s individual and structural needs.
 Key observations from the completed structured interviews include:
 
52 (54.6%) females, 41 (42.3%) males, and 3 (3.1%) transgender respondents completed the interviews;
 
43 (49%) African American, 22 (25%) Mixed race, 21 (24%) Caucasian, 1 (1%), and 1 (1%) American Indian/Native American;
 
33 (35%) were of Hispanic/Latino descent;
 
Respondents were 18.95 (SD = 2.47) years (14-24 years);
 
75 (77%) identified as heterosexual and 22 (23%) identified as either bisexual, gay, lesbian, or not sure;
 
82 (86%) were born in the United States;
 
32 (35%) completed the 12
th
 grade, 24 (26%) completed the 11
th
 grade;
 
25 (27%) received special education services at school;
 
29 (32%) dropped out of school;
 
10 (12%) reported that their school told them they could no longer attend;
 
63 (66%) were unemployed and 28 (26%) were employed part-time;
 
Over 60% of the young people reported that their average income was between $0 and $4,499 or less than $100 per week;

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