Avenues for Youth

A nonprofit organization

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:

  • Vital cleaning supplies for our shelters and a young parent living in an apartment.
  • A healthy meal. Avenues provides three meals a day, every day, to youth living in our shelters.
  • Mental health support for a youth struggling with anxiety.
  • Basic hygiene products and new bedding and towels for a youth moving in to our programs.
  • One-on-one guidance and resource navigation with a trusted adult.

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:

  • Homelessness does not define a person. It is just one part of a journey that we are here to help young people navigate.
  • All youth experiencing homelessness have or are experiencing trauma. Therefore, mental health is at the center of all our work.
  • There is no one reason why youth experience homelessness – it’s intersectional. Systems of oppression, racism and poverty are some of the root causes of homelessness. Without addressing these systems, homelessness will persist.
  • Youth are resilient, inspiring, and the drivers of their own journey. With stability, trust and youth-centered supports, their dreams can become reality.

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Avenues for Youth

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1708 Oak Park Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55411



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