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HPRP Youth Program Profiles: Hope Street
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Solutions Brief | September 21, 2010
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Hope Street for Runaway and Homeless Youth, located in Minneapolis, MN, works with at-risk and homeless youth between the ages of 12 and 21. Hope Street operates an emergency shelter, transitional living program, and conducts street outreach. All Hope Street clients are provided service referrals, crisis management, and case management. Hope Street also offers life skills training, education and employment assistance, family counseling, and after-care services. In 2009, the street outreach team made contact with over 2,000 youth.
The Homelessness Prevention School Outreach Program partners Hope Street’s two HPRP case managers with over a dozen high schools in Minneapolis. Hope Street’s case managers go to the same schools every week and work with their young clients to prevent or end their homelessness. Services include eviction prevention funds, relocation assistance, landlord or family mediation, connection to mainstream benefits, independent living training, employment assistance, and clothing referrals.
In addition to the public school partnerships, Hope Street works closely with a number of community based organizations, particularly Catholic Charities, which supplements Hope Street’s HPRP program.
Another difficulty is finding landlords who will rent to minors, even to older youth between the ages of 18 and 22. Life skills training and support is an integral part of the case management but this can be limited in some cases due to the school-based outreach strategy of the HPRP program.
Of the 100 applicants, the majority were single females between the ages of 18 and 22. Half had already been forced out of their family’s housing and 75 percent had little or no income. 46 percent were currently experiencing
Hope Street has successfully developed a range of partnerships in the community with schools, landlords, legal agencies, employment agencies, immigration services, and other adult and mainstream services. Although it can be challenging using funds for youth, the formal and informal partnerships with other providers helps supplement the gaps in services limited by HPRP.