In July 2017, in cooperation with the Indiana University Public Policy Institute (PPI), the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) conducted a Marion County Point-in-Time Count for Youth experiencing homelessness (Youth Count). The goal of Youth Count was to determine the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless youth on a single day, July 10, 2017, and to shed light on the homeless youth population in Indianapolis for policy makers and service providers. The Youth Count does not capture an annual number of youth experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis, but only on one day. For the purposes of Youth Count, youth had to be literally homeless (not doubled-up) and ages 18 to 24 or under 18 without a parent or guardian.
Each January, CHIP, in collaboration with PPI, conducts a Point-in-Time Count to determine the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless in Indianapolis on one day. During this process, strategies to identify and count youth are also implemented. The July 2017 Youth PIT was the first youth-specific count conducted in Indianapolis. When possible, Youth Count data will be compared to the January 2017 Point-in-Time data, both in general and specifically with youth counted.