Within hours, Crouch was on the phone with Knox County officials, and by the end of the day, Sierra was connected to a Knox County commissioner.
“(Crouch) said she would contact the Knox County commissioner and see where it went from there. I was still at the Statehouse when a commissioner called me so I thought that was pretty cool and fast,” Sierra said.
Since then, she has joined the Knox County Homeless Task Force.
“It’s really interesting to see how (the county) measures homelessness. I personally know a lot of 18-24 year olds who are homeless in our community, but the county’s homeless count is zero.
I thought that was really interesting because I know that’s not accurate. I can help in that way because I have that lived experience. A lot of people aren’t going to admit that they’re homeless, but if you’re sleeping on someone’s couch, you are,” Sierra said.
About 20% of the young people who responded to Foster Success’s most recent impact survey said they are homeless or had been homeless in the last six months, and 16% said they are in an unstable housing situation such as couch surfing or a temporary placement.