PIRE is performing a needs assessment to understand the housing experiences and needs of young people, ages 15-25, who are experiencing unstable housing or homelessness in south, east, and southwest New Mexico. The State of New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) is funding this needs assessment. PIRE conducted a similar study with homeless youth in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County in 2021. You can learn more about that work and view the results here.
Our study will:
- Generate an accurate estimate for how many young people aged 15-25 in south, east, and southwest NM are experiencing homelessness or unstable housing.
- Obtain key information from young people about their life experiences and requirements to get and keep housing.
- Learn about the experiences of community-based providers and staff who work with this population and how they can best be supported.
- Learn about ideas and recommendations from young people, organizational leaders, and frontline workers to improve the service system across the state.
We aim to do the Youth Count in diverse New Mexico communities in August and September 2023. Leading up to that we are meeting with young people and service providers to learn and plan. Our work is happening in New Mexico CYFD Regions 4 and 5:
Key communities include:
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If you have questions or want to get involved, contact Daniel Shattuck at email@example.com.
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