Avenues for Homeless Youth provides emergency shelter, short-term housing and supportive services for homeless youth in a safe and nurturing environment. Through such service, Avenues seeks to help youth achieve their personal goals and make a positive transition into young adulthood.
No place to call home? Are you moving around a lot?
Avenues for Homeless Youth (formerly called Project Foundation) began as the dream of a remarkable young woman. At just 19, she conceived of a shelter for youth who faced the grim reality of having no place to call “home.” It was a dream born out of the frustration she felt at the lack of youth shelter in the City of Minneapolis as she witnessed peers couch-hopping and struggling to find food and clean clothes.
ABOUT YOUTH HOMELESSNESS
Youth homelessness has jumped 63% in Minnesota since 2009, according to Wilder Research’s latest count in October 2012.
Homeless youth are disproportionately youth of color and victims of violence, sexual, physical or emotional abuse. They are young people who are on their own at too young an age. Read our Youth Stories.
On any night in the state of Minnesota, 4,000+ youth and young adults are homeless and unaccompanied by an adult.Wilder Research
Homeless youth struggle with numerous issues because of their age and lack of safe housing:
- They are too young to obtain rental housing on their own; they simply do not have adequate income or savings to pay a damage deposit.
- Without job experience or personal identification with a current address, they struggle to gain or improve upon their employment.
- They have had little or no access to health care, mental health, legal support or social services.
- Very often, their education is interrupted or curtailed.
The choices many homeless youth must make in order to survive often are not good for them. Youth on the streets are more likely to be assaulted or coerced by predators, to engage in prostitution, to become pregnant, to not receive needed medical or psychological attention, and to fail to find enough food and shelter to survive.
Homeless youth need youth-specific intervention in a setting safe from the hazards of street life. Age-appropriate shelter and supportive services is critical to protecting the vulnerability of homeless youth.
For these youth, a stable residence with adult supervision is the beginning of addressing larger life shaping issues.
Our site-based programs provide clean beds, three meals per day, personal hygiene supplies, laundry facilities and 24 hours per day caring by trained staff.
The Host Home Programs provide transitional living arrangements for youth and young adults ages 16 to 21 in safe, supportive, volunteer host homes.
Connect with Avenues
To reach our Administrative and Development offices, call 612-844-2001 or 612-522-1690 x 5.