The Youth Homelessness Prevention Plan Committee (YHPPC), a joint committee between the two HUD-recognized Continua of Care in Vermont, began meeting in early 2017. Composed of members of the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness, the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance, and a variety of youth stakeholders, the committee is working towards the following goals:
- Increase data collection and analysis to gain better understanding of youth homelessness in Vermont.
- Develop a shared understanding of evidence-informed practices to address youth homelessness, current Vermont and national resources, and what interventions increase positive outcomes.
- Create a statewide plan to end youth homelessness through increasing capacity for interventions that reduce risk factors, build protective factors and mitigate long-term impacts of experiences of homelessness. Interventions should address core outcomes for youth.
- Ensure that every community has the capacity to identify and engage youth at risk of experiencing homelessness and intervene to prevent loss, reduce barriers to emergency crisis services, and increase short and long term housing supports appropriate for the unique populations needs.