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HPRP Youth Program Profiles: Larkin Street
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Solutions Brief | September 21, 2010
Larkin Street Youth Services, of San Francisco, California, opened in 1984 as a Drop-In Center and since then has grown to provide a continuum of services
In July 2010, Larkin Street changed their contract to expand attention to rapid re-housing so they could assist youth leaving shelters as well as young people not currently on their own lease, such as couch surfers. With this new direction, Larkin Street aims to hire a case manager who can devote a large amount of time to developing relationships with landlords and alleviating some of the difficulty youth face in finding landlords who will rent to them.
Larkin Street works closely with a number of other community organizations to provide all clients with effective and comprehensive services. As a part of the HPRP grant, Larkin Street also has a sub-contract with another organization to provide cross-training about the unique needs of homeless and at-risk youth, as well as about Larkin Street’s own HPRP program.
Larkin Street exerts a lot of energy toward their outreach programs, both to youth in the community and to other community providers about their services. This outreach has built new relationships, strengthened existing relationships, and also continues to reach youth who need Larkin Street’s services the most.
HPRP has filled a service gap allowing rental assistance for clients who are seeking their own housing or who need short term assistance to achieve or maintain stability.