Helping homeless youth transition from surviving the streets to thriving young adults!
Wilder Research now conservatively estimates that over 4000 young people under age 21 are homeless every night and on their own in Minnesota. And the number keeps growing.
When homeless youth come to Avenues, they have faced serious trauma and struggle with physical and mental health challenges. They try to stay in school, but their days are dominated by wondering if they'll have food to eat and a safe place to sleep every night.
Without intervention and support, homeless youth are prey to sex traffickers.
BUT, when youth access Avenues for Homeless Youth, they find safe housing and all the supports they need to heal from their trauma and transition to a successful young adulthood!
Avenues for Homeless Youth supports over 300 youth a year through our seven programs:
1) Minneapolis Avenues, a 21-bed shelter and transitional housing program in North Minneapolis
2) Brooklyn Avenues, a 12-bed shelter and transitional housing program serving youth from the northwest suburbs
3) The GLBT Host Home Program for the 20-40% of youth experiencing homelessness who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, average stay of one year
4) The ConneQT Host Home Program for the 20-40% of youth experiencing homelessness who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, stay of one week to three months
5) The Minneapolis Host Home Program for youth in the city of Minneapolis
6) The Suburban Host Home Program for youth in the suburbs of Hennepin County
7) Avenues for Young Families support youth with up to two children.
Avenues also seeks system change - to eliminate youth homelessness through social justice education and organizing in the community. Please visit our website for more information: www.avenuesforyouth.org