On any given day in Onondaga County, over 424 individuals/families are homeless and reside in shelters. These figures do not account for people who live in transitional housing or those who are “couch surfing”- staying with relatives or friends until they can get back on their feet. Couch surfing is most common among children and young adults. Over 1,700 young people in Onondaga County do not have a permanent home.
The Homeless and Housing Vulnerable Taskforce (HHVTF), created in 1986 as a standing committee of the Syracuse Common Council, assessed community needs, identified gaps in service and developed a strategy to work as a community to solve homeless and housing issues. Although initially established as a standing committee of the Syracuse Common Council, the HHVTF functioned independently in the community-wide planning and response to homeless and homelessness prevention services. In 1994, the HHVTF collaborated on the development and submission of the first Federal request for United States Housing and Urban Development (HUD) homeless services funding. Over the last 18 years, the HHVTF collaborated on the annual Continuum of Care application resulting in a comprehensive array of homeless/housing vulnerable services.
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