On March 25, 2015 the Opening Doors-CT Homeless Youth Workgroup released its Opening Doors for Youth Plan, which provides guidance for how to end homelessness in Connecticut for youth and young adults. This plan was created from a year long, multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at creating a comprehensive integrated network of services for homeless and unstably housed young people ages 14-24 in Connecticut.
Opening Doors for Youth outlines the vision of creating a future when all young people in Connecticut have safe, stable places to live and opportunities to reach their full potential. Strategies necessary to achieve this vision include the following:
- Hire a statewide youth and young adult housing services coordinator
- Establish funding and transparency mechanisms for all services targeting youth and young adults with housing instability in the state
- Create better tools to identify, screen and refer youth in need
- Expand direct services and support along the housing continuum
- Provide or improve training and technical assistance for providers
- Improve collection and use of data
- Advocate for changes in policy
Click here to read the Plan’s Overview Summary.
Click here to read the full Opening Doors for Youth plan.