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HPRP Youth Program Profiles: New Beginnings
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Solutions Brief | September 21, 2010
New Beginnings has been serving troubled youth in and between Lewiston and Farmington, ME since 1980. The organization runs the area’s only youth shelter for youth ages 12 to 19, a transitional living program for youth 16 to 21, and offers a variety of community services including outreach, and service referrals for health care, housing, employment, and education assistance.
Many youth who are served by HPRP are connected to New Beginnings’ Outreach and Community Service Centers. The pairing of HPRP rental assistance with New Beginnings’ more intensive case management and life skills services offers youth wrap-around services. The organization is also able to refer youth leaving the transitional living program to the HPRP case manager.
The restrictions on the administration of HPRP are also challenging. Not being able to offer longer case management, HPRP to clients with no income, and not being able to serve youth who are doubled up pose barriers to some of the area’s most needy youth.
New Beginnings has also created comprehensive training programs so the youth services staff can screen and begin the intake process for youth eligible for HPRP. This has eased the burden for the HPRP case manager and also offers the essential wrap around services for the youth through New Beginnings’ other programming.