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Homeless youth shelter says data doesn't tell it all

The Maslow Project says recent data by the Jackson County Continuum of Care doesn't show the entire scope of homeless youth in southern Oregon.

Posted: Jul 18, 2019 6:42 PM
Updated: Jul 18, 2019 6:42 PM

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at a later date. [503ate-dual box newswatch 12's emma balkenbush is live at the maslow project in medford. she tells us why the organization wants to make sure people know the numbers on the report don't tell all. [a30]homeless count update-live stinger workers here at the maslow project use a very different definition of 'homeless' than the the housing and urban development - or hud. so when it comes to the numbers on the pit report - workers say it's under-representing the homeless youth population in southern oregon. "they're out there basically trying to survive and they don't necessarily feel supported." thomas marshall and spencer hull come to work with the same goal in mind every day. "we just like to make sure that they know they are supported, they're getting the resources that they need and that they're just being taken care of." the outreach workers at the maslow project have their own way of helping out homeless youth. and it's not something they can do behind a computer. "we stock the back of our vehicle with snacks, water, young adult who looks like they could use some help. when it comes to who is considered homeless - the malsow project uses the surfing with other youth." executive director mary ferrell says there are about 2,000 people in jackson and josephine counties who meet that definition. it's a much different one than the housing and urban development uses. in it's recent pit report - volunteers surveyed places like shelters, transitional housing and the bear creek greenway. they found a 2.8 percent decrease in people experiencing homelessness than last year. ferrell says it's important to remember that data doesn't include a lot of youth that the maslow project serves. numbers and data aside - outreach workers say they have one main message for anyone who might need some help. "there's people out there that care about you and people that want to help you." ferrell tells me she hopes people will realize how many different things can factor into someone being homeless. if you want more information on how you can help homeless youth you can head to our website kdrv.com. reporting live in medford, emma balkenbush, newswatch 12. a group of people is trying to recall governor kate brown.
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