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Prevention and intervention services for youth experiencing homelessness and their families.

Basic Needs

Youth and their families are offered access to basic necessities, like food, water, clothing, and hygiene supplies.

Personal Assistance

Young people and their families are offered short-term assistance and support based on their needs.

Community Resources

Young people and families with kids also receive connections to other resources available to them.

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Homeless Prevention Program

Prevents homelessness for young adults and young parents through life coaching, short-term financial assistance, connection to community resources, and support network.

Minor Connect

Life coaching for unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness or at risk of being homeless.  

Communities Host Home Program

This program helps youth ages 16 to 24 find a host – another safe and stable adult – who they can stay with on a long-term basis.

Host families may also be volunteers from the community who willingly offer a room in their home to provide safe, short-term housing and support to people as they work toward gaining stability and becoming independent.

Homework Starts With Home, Northwest

This program prevents homelessness for families who are experiencing housing instability whose children attend the Brooklyn Center Community Schools and/or Osseo Area Public Schools.

Programming promotes long-term housing stability through goal-oriented case management, supportive services, and financial assistance. 


School and Street Outreach

YMCA Outreach Workers work with youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness at schools and the community to meet immediate needs and connect them to community resources.

This program conducts various housing assessments – Coordinated Entry housing assessment, Coordinated Entry System Assessment authorized in 3 CoCs, trauma screening, and Positive Youth Development assessment – to guide service connection and navigation.

YMCA Youth Resource Line (YRL)

This is a YMCA-managed voice messaging line available 365 days/year from 8 am-8 pm that averages 115 calls from youth in need each month. The YRL is the first step in identifying and assisting youth experiencing housing crises or homelessness. Youth are connected to live support staff for problem-solving and to connect to resources that meet their needs.

Accelerator - Diversion, Rapid Resolution, CES

This program diverts youth from the homeless response system through a blend of problem-solving, housing navigation, Coordinated Entry assessment, and shelter/homeless diversion services. We target youth who are the most disconnected – who are unsheltered or unsupported in the adult shelter system and connect them to youth-specific services and support to find permanent housing solutions.

Safe StaY Emergency Sheltering (Hotel Project)

This program immediately moves youth off the streets into a safe space through our hotel sheltering project with supportive services. This space allows youth time to problem-solve and develop plans for long-term permanent housing solutions with the support of YMCA staff and financial assistance.

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