Hennepin County to take part in federal count of homeless youth

Hennepin County has been selected along with eight other places in the country to take part in a federal count of homeless youth, county officials announced today.

“We were chosen because we have been known historically to have a strong count here and a very strong system o fyouth providers and engagement on homeless youth,” said Cathy ten broeke, former director of the Minneapolis/Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness who now leads efforts to end homelessness for the state of Minnesota.

The count will help government officials understand the scope of the problem and better allocate resources.

“Better data will help us identify and target resources to more effectively address youth homelessness here in Hennepin and across the country,” said Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman. 

Don Moulds, an official with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be in Minneapolis on Thursday morning to meet with outreach workers giving surveys to homeless youth at the Central Library and Youth Opportunity Center on the edge of downtown at 41 N. 12th St.