OUR PROGRAMS

Avenues for Homeless Youth is a transitional housing program—a home—where youth can live as they stabilize, build trusting adult relationships and work toward their personal goals for independent living. Avenues operates the following six programs:

Minneapolis Avenues

Our North Minneapolis shelter and transitional housing program supports 20 homeless youth ages 16 to 20*. The program includes:

  • Basic needs support—clean bed, three meals per day, personal hygiene supplies, laundry facilities, clothing and weekly bus passes, 24 hours per day caring by trained staff
  • Intensive case management services and ongoing aftercare
  • Health and wellness care and education
  • Independent living skills training and
  • Employment and educational support.

Youth are welcome to stay at Avenues as long as they are working on their individual goal plans and respecting house rules. The average length of stay, excluding the overnight emergency bed, is 90 to 120 days. We have been intentionally working to increase the time youth stay, and thus improving outcomes.

*Youth may remain at Avenues until turning 21.

Brooklyn Avenues

Our Brooklyn Park shelter and transitional housing program supports 12 homeless youth ages 16 to 20*. Modeled after Minneapolis Avenues, the program includes:

  • Basic needs support—clean bed, three meals per day, personal hygiene supplies, laundry facilities, clothing and weekly bus passes, 24 hours per day caring by trained staff
  • Intensive case management services and ongoing aftercare
  • Health and wellness care and education
  • Independent living skills training and
  • Employment and educational support.

Youth are welcome to stay at Avenues as long as they are working on their individual goal plans and respecting house rules. The average length of stay, excluding the overnight emergency bed, is 90 to 120 days. We have been intentionally working to increase the time youth stay, and thus improving outcomes.

*Youth may remain at Avenues until turning 21.

GLBT Host Home Program

The GLBT Host Home Program is an ‘outside-the-system’ community and volunteer-based response to youth homelessness.  It offers a transformative and intimate approach to providing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) youth who are experiencing homelessness with homes and support.  We have intentionally kept this program small and non-institutional, with up to 10 youth participating at a time.  All youth who participate in our program are queer-identified and the majority are people of color. On average, youth live with their host for a year.

Minneapolis and Suburban Host Home Program

The Minneapolis and Suburban Host Home Program aims to provide transitional living arrangements for homeless youth and young adults ages 16 to 24 in safe, supportive, volunteer host homes in the city of Minneapolis and suburbs of Hennepin County. This community-based program is coordinated by Avenues and all youth participants have access to Avenues’ supportive services.

ConneQT Host Home Program

The ConneQT Host Home Program is an ‘outside-the-system’ community and volunteer-based response to youth homelessness.  It offers a transformative and intimate approach to providing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) youth who are experiencing homelessness with homes and support. Youth participating in ConneQT stay with hosts from one week to three months.

Avenues for Young Families 

Avenues for Young Families, our newest program, provides housing and intensive support services for homeless youth ages 18-24 and their children in apartments throughout the community. Young families (with one or two parents, and up to two children) are referred into the program through Hennepin County Coordination Entry Program. The goal of this program is for homeless families to move into stable, independent living.

 

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Connect With Avenues

Administrative and Development offices, call 612-844-2001

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

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