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Over 100 policy makers, legislators, activists, and youths who are or have been homeless gathered the morning of December 12 at Hartford’s Legislative Office Building for “Invisible No More,” a policy forum on homelessness among Connecticut’s youth.
Speakers include Robert Pulster, of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, Connecticut youths who are or have been homeless, and the co-authors of a first-of-its-kind study on the youth, Derrick M. Gordon, Ph.D. and Bronwyn A. Hunter, Ph.D., of The Consultation Center, Yale University School of Medicine.
Their study, “Invisible No More,” is the result of a year of research that included input from 98 young people who are or have been homeless. The study found that such youth often are not connected to services, and populations within the youth who are most vulnerable to housing insecurity are LGBT, trafficked, and/or have some involvement with the juvenile justice or child welfare systems. Young men and boys of color are also especially vulnerable, according to the study.
The event was hosted by Stacey Violante Cote, Esq., Center for Children’s Advocacy and chair of the Reaching Home Youth Workgroup, and Alicia Woodsby, deputy director of Partnership for Strong Communities.
The study was funded by American Savings Foundation; Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness; Melville Charitable Trust; Partnership for Strong Communities, and Tow Foundation. The event was co-sponsored by Connecticut’s Joint Committees on Housing, Children, Human Services, Education, and Public Health.
Read the Invisible No More Executive Summary.
Read the Invisible No More Full Report.