About this Toolkit

The Youth Count Toolkit was generously funded and supported by the Laidlaw Foundation.

The Youth Count Toolkit is a compilation of the experiences, insights and research of others. We would like to thank the communities that dedicated their time and expertise to the development of this resource. We offer an additional thanks to Tyler Pettes, who conducted research and contributed to the development of the toolkit.  

We would also like to acknowledge Alina Turner, of Turner Research & Strategy, and the PiT Count Working Group, who developed the COH PiT Count methodology and toolkit, funded by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). The COH PiT Count Toolkit and the additional resources prepared by HPS, serve as the basis for this youth-focused toolkit.

Finally, thank you to others who have published research and guidance on youth counts. It is with foundational research such as the Urban Institute's Youth Count! Process Study, authored by Mike Pergamit, Mary K. Cunningham, Martha R. Burt, Pamela Lee, Brent Howell, Kassie Dumlao Bertumen, that we were able to develop this toolkit.

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Supporting Documents

The Youth Count Toolkit contains strategies and resources to help communities measure youth homelessness.  Across Canada, there is a growing recognition of the value of Point-in-Time (PiT) Homeless Counts. The PiT Count – used to enumerate the extent of homelessness in a community – is a key facet in our efforts to end homelessness. These counts help us test the efficacy of our solutions and measure our progress. However, to be truly effective, we must be sure PiT Counts accurately enumerate everyone experiencing absolute homelessness, including youth. To achieve this, all communities must make a concerted effort to capture the experiences of youth.

The tools, tips and strategies contained within this guide will help all communities to better understand how to enumerate youth experiencing homelessness. With each PiT Count, we will improve our ability to measure our progress and ultimately, move closer to ending youth homelessness.