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Howard County Department of Community Resources to conduct Youth REACH street count

March 22, 2018

Media Contacts:
Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
Michelle Hippert, Continuum of Care Manager, Office of Community Partnerships, Department of Community Resources and Services, 410-290-5971

Count estimates number of young persons living outside, in shelters or in vehicles in our community

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Now through March 25, Howard County’s Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS) is participating in Youth REACH, a state-wide effort to count the number of youth ages 14 to 25 who are on their own, in unstable housing or experiencing homelessness.

Coordinated by DCRS’ Office of Community Partnerships, the Howard County Youth REACH will conduct surveys with partner agencies in an effort to estimate the number of young persons in Howard County who are living outside, in shelters or in vehicles. Youth ages 14 to 25 can also complete the survey online at or in person at Teen Opportunities Fair on March 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane in Columbia.

The Office of Community Partnerships is the designated lead agency for the Continuum of Care (CoC) for homeless services in Howard County and administers the County’s human services grants program. The CoC is the local planning body that coordinates housing and support services funding for homeless families and individuals. If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness or an immediate housing crisis, please contact Grassroots Crisis Intervention 24-hour crisis hotline at 410-531-6677 (voice/relay).

For more information on the Howard County Youth REACH, contact CoC Manager Michelle Hippert at 410-313-5971 or email