Homelessness does not define a person. It is just one part of a journey that Avenues for Youth is here to help youth ages 16-24 navigate. Avenues provides housing, shelter, and other needed supports to over 300 youth and families per year.
The pandemic has made youth and families experiencing housing instability particularly vulnerable. As the staggering economy downturn impacts our communities, Avenues programs remain open to youth and families who need a warm bed and a roof over their head. As schools switch to virtual learning, our computer labs will have virtual learners. As young people cope with stress and past trauma, our mental health and wellness team will meet them where they are.
The COVID-19 world has taken a toll on us all, especially youth experiencing homelessness. A gift to Avenues can provide critical supports such as:
Thank you, community, for supporting Avenues during the Coronavirus pandemic. You ensure that we are equipped and ready to serve over 300 youth a year. Learn more about Avenues by watching Hawa’s Story below.
Youth experience homelessness for a multitude of complex reasons, including lack of safety at home, mental health issues, and family poverty. These issues are aggravated by racial disparities and the lack of affordable housing in Minnesota. It's estimated that 6,000 youth experience homelessness each night in Minnesota. Disproportionately these youth are Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). 23% of Minnesota’s homeless youth identify as LGBTQI+. Social justice is at the center of our work. Avenues' core values are equity, community, respect and dignity, trust, anti-oppression, and liberation
Avenues operates two shelter and transitional living homes in Brooklyn Park (12 beds) and North Minneapolis (21 beds). Avenues also has a housing program for youth-led families and a LGBTQI+ specific program in host home housing. We are here for young people, ages 16-24, and young families who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Learn more here: www.avenuesforyouth.org.
At Avenues, we believe: