ABOUT AVENUES FOR HOMELESS YOUTH

ABOUT AVENUES FOR HOMELESS YOUTH

Mission

The mission of Avenues for Homeless Youth is to provide 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.

Mission

The mission of Avenues for Homeless Youth is to provide 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.

History

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.

The year was 1994. The young woman was Michelle Basham.

What follows is an account of this organization’s history serving homeless youth. The original name was “Project Foundation.” The dream started operating out of a small office in the basement of Walker Church, but it wasn’t long before the dream brought Michelle and her tight knit group of supporters to a house in South Minneapolis.

The path was not easy.

OUR PROGRAMS

SHELTERS

Our site-based shelter and transitional housing programs meet all basic needs and provide support services to help youth meet their goals.

HOST HOME PROGRAMS

The Host Home Programs provide short-term living arrangements with full support services for youth in safe, stable volunteer host homes.

YOUNG FAMILIES

Avenues for Young Families provides full support services and rent subsides to youth and their children. Families live in apartments throughout the community.

Connect With Avenues

For more information about Avenues, email: info@avenuesforyouth.org