Today, the Massachusetts Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth (the Commission) released its report on the 2018 Massachusetts Youth Count. The fifth annual Youth Count , a survey of youth and young adults age 24 and younger, was conducted between May-June 2018 to examine young people's experiences with housing instability, homelessness, and service access.

The Coalition was proud to be a lead collaborator once again with the Commission to design and conduct the Youth Count. Other key partners were youth, young adults, Continua of Care, and youth providers from all across the Commonwealth.

The insights and data from this report will be used to influence advocacy and programming to address youth and young adult homelessness, including to support the Coalition's FY'20 budget campaign to increase funding for housing and wraparound services for unaccompanied youth and young adults to $5 million, up from $3.3 million.

Special thanks to Dr. Laurie Ross of Clark University, who authored the report.