YOUNG FAMILIES, OUR FUTURE
About the Program
In January 2017, Avenues launched its Young Families program. Through this program, 12 homeless young families have access to apartment-search support, temporary rent assistance and a full range of supportive services. The program supports youth ages 18 to 24 who are parents and their young children. It accommodates 1 and 2-parent families.
Supportive services are designed to help the young families remain stably housed and pursue goals for independent living, education, job training and employment, parenting skills and healthy child development. The rent subsidies available through this program are from a HUD grant awarded to Avenues.
The Young Families Program is an extension of the work we have always provided to youth, especially our youth in after-care who are parenting. It is helping fill a huge gap in the community. In Minnesota, 35% of youth experiencing homelessness are parents. Most of them are not with their children, as there is very little age-appropriate housing for a significant number of homeless young families that access Hennepin County’s family shelters.