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The Bridge is Committed to Disrupting the Cycle of Inter-Generational Homelessness
35% of youth experiencing homelessness are pregnant and parenting, and in Hennepin County this increases to nearly 50%. The Bridge is committed to disrupting the cycle of inter-generational homelessness and recognizes an urgent need for housing for pregnant and parenting youth experiencing homelessness for the unification of young families.
Meeting Needs of Youth in the Twin Cities
Consistent with our Strategic Direction at The Bridge, The Mobile Youth Outreach Center prioritizes meeting the immediate needs of BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and sexually exploited youth ages 10-21 in the Twin Cities; bringing services directly to youth in spaces and places they feel safe, providing mobile intervention to meet immediate basic needs – healthy food, gender-affirming clothing, resources for harm reduction and safety planning, assessments and referrals, case management, and most importantly, connection through both 1:1 in-person and virtual support.
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Supporting Youth Identifying as LGBTQ+
In Minnesota, 23% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ+, compared to 4% of all Minnesota youth. Since 1970, The Bridge has been a safe and accepting place for ALL youth with absolute respect and relentless support with intentionality within policies, practices, physical spaces, and programs that ensure a welcoming, affirming, and safe environment for youth who identify as LGBTQ+.
Read: Barriers in Access for Youth Experiencing Homelessness who Identify as LGBTQ+
Our Commitment to Youth Racial Justice & Equity
80% of youth at The Bridge identify as BIPOC. In acknowledgment of our organizational commitment to transformation, it is our honor to share The Bridge for Youth's Racial Justice & Equity Statement. The Bridge centers youth voice, justice, and equity in all we do, and empowers youth experiencing homelessness through safe shelter, basic needs, and healthy relationships. We recognize that this Racial Justice & Equity Statement is an iterative statement, one that will change, grow, and transform as we do. In this statement, you will find Our 10 Commitments to end racism. Join us in action & commUNITY as we seek equitable opportunities and outcomes for all.
Read: Disparities amongst youth experiencing homelessness who identify as BIPOC
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