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HPRP Youth Program Profiles: AIRS
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Solutions Brief | September 21, 2010
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AIRS, located in Baltimore, MD, has been serving low-income and homeless individuals and families since 1987. The organization provides connections to health care, job training, and supportive housing for youth, individuals, and
Three Service Navigators conduct street outreach to find youth between the ages of 14 and 24 and connect them with the appropriate resources. The majority of services offered through the AIRS program are referrals to adult emergency services, connections to supportive housing, and workforce
HPRP dollars provide rent arrears and moving assistance for at-risk families with children between the ages of 14 and 17 and for at-risk youth under the age of 24. For many youth, the assistance they receive is short-term crisis management. Those who are more involved are exposed to the
Their service delivery has been a two-way education and resource sharing process connecting youth over 18 with appropriate adult services and educating adult services on the special needs of youth. As a result, homeless service providers in Baltimore have engaged in a critical and exciting dialogue about service allocation and how to best reach all the homeless populations of Baltimore.
As a result of the HPRP program initiative, AIRS compiled a Resource Manual and now uses it to train other service providers about the unique needs of homeless youth and existing service options.
HPRP has expanded AIRS presence among youth. The Service Navigators are becoming well known throughout the community and youth seek them out. Additionally, the City Steps Resource Center is a hub of activity for youth. AIRS has started hiring youth to answer phones and work in the Resource Center as outreach apprentices. This will allow the Service Navigators to have more time to follow up on service connections and track outcomes.
AIRS has utilized their HPRP funds in creative ways to build local resource networks. The program has reached beyond anecdotal evidence to demonstrate the numbers of previously hidden at-risk and homeless youth. The completed