On August 2, the Indianapolis Continuum of Care and the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention (CHIP) launched the first ever Indianapolis Coordinated Community Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness for Youth and Young Adults (YYA). The plan, which as created in collaboration with the Homeless Youth Task Force and Youth Action Board includes an assessment, plan, philosophies and models that will bring the community together to act and end YYA homelessness in Indianapolis by July 1, 2022.
339 youth were surveyed to gain a better understanding of YYA experiencing homelessness while dealing with such issues as sexual orientation, educational challenges, and service gaps. According to the assessment, in 2016, there were 2,251 youth and young adults (YYA) experiencing homelessness reported in Indianapolis, including 410 unaccompanied youth and 383 pregnant and young parents. 47 percent of youth ages 13-17 who experience homelessness do so without a parent, guardian, or other adult. 50 percent of all female YYA experiencing homelessness are actively fleeing domestic violence or sexual trafficking.
An increase in housing alone will not address the complexity of needs, barriers and systemic challenges that youth and young adults often face. Engaging with multiple systems to address education, mental health, health care, and social, environmental, and economic needs will be just as critical as we create effective solutions to homelessness. These realities help forge the key community vision.
- Alan Witchey, Executive Director of CHIP