Your help needed: 1st count of Chicago’s homeless youth runs through Oct. 8

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CCH community organizers will distribute surveys to homeless youth and service providers.

Chicago’s first citywide count of homeless youth ends on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Your help is needed to get youth, ages 25 and younger, to participate in this important survey.

For two weeks, the city has been collecting surveys of youth who do not have a permanent and safe place to live. It takes about 15 minutes to complete.

“These surveys are important, because the city will use the data it collects to decide whether more resources are needed for homeless youth, and what those resources will be,” said Youth Attorney Beth Cunningham. 

Surveys can be accessed online and paper surveys will be administered by youth providers and advocates. The survey period concludes on Tuesday, October 8.

Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services is conducting the survey, with assistance from CCH, Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness, La Casa Norte, The Night Ministry and Teen Living Programs.

CCH community organizers, pictured here, will distribute surveys to homeless youth and service providers, along with free T-shirts and bags. If you have any questions or want paper surveys to administer, please contact Adriana Camarda at

The surveys have a mechanism for ensuring that individual youth do not complete more than one survey, officials said.