Office of Homeless Youth Services (OHYS)

OHYS, guided by §CRS 24-32-723, provides information, coordination, and support services for infrastructure around homeless youth resources in Colorado.

OHYS  facilitates the Advisory Council for Homeless Youth Services (ACHY), a statewide collaboration with leaders from state and local government, private nonprofit organizations, federal departments, homeless and formerly homeless youth, and other key stakeholders in the communities to address local and state needs surrounding youth homelessness. 

 

Annual Report


Per statute, OHYS is required to publish an annual report on or before January 15 each year. The report covers current data around youth homelessness (local and national), impacts of youth homelessness, initiatives OHYS is involved in, current housing resources, and future goals.

This first Youth Homelessness In Colorado report on the Point in Time Youth Supplemental Count provides information on the need and trends of homelessness among Colorado’s youth.

 

Advisory Council for Homeless Youth (ACHY)


The Advisory Council for Homeless Youth (ACHY) is a group of key stakeholders in the community representing all of Colorado through non-profit organizations, local, state and federal agencies, community members, and youth working together to prevent and end youth homelessness in Colorado.  ACHY is always looking to expand, if you are interested in joining please contact Cheryl Secorski for more information and to be added to the distribution list.

ACHY meets quarterly from 1:00pm-3:00pm on the 2nd Friday of the month to discuss progress on workgroups. All ACHY meetings have call in capabilities.

2017 meeting dates

  • March 10
  • June 9
  • September 8
  • December 8

ACHY Work Groups

  1. Education/Employment
  2. Permanent Connections
  3. Housing

ACHY Meeting Notes & Agendas

 

Statewide Resources and Resource Guides


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

National Runaway Safeline
1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)

McKinney-Vento District Liaisons
The Homeless Education program is authorized under Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 USC 11431 et seq.). The McKinney-Vento Act was enacted to address the numerous barriers homeless children face in obtaining a free, appropriate public education.

Rise Above Colorado
Rise Above Colorado is a drug abuse prevention organization that measurably impacts teen perceptions and attitudes about the risks of substance abuse to help youth make empowered, healthy choices.

 

Resource Guides

If you would like your resource guide to be added, please contact us.

 

Program Contact


Cheryl Secorski
Homeless Programs Specialist, Youth
(303) 864-7830
cheryl.secorski@state.co.us