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HPRP Youth Program Profiles: Valley Youth House
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Solutions Brief | September 21, 2010
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Valley Youth House operates more than 100 programs for at-risk and homeless youth throughout southeastern Pennsylvania that emphasize prevention, intervention and positive youth growth and development.
Services include youth shelters, group homes, a variety of independent living programs, and non-housing programs designed to help foster, former foster, and non-systems youth achieve independence and self-sufficiency.
In order to qualify for HPRP assistance a youth applicant must be homeless or at-risk of homelessness, as well as willing to work within Valley Youth House’s program requirements. HPRP clients do not pay rent but are required to have a savings account and receive extensive budgeting and housing management training.
Other challenges specific to HPRP include an organizational learning curve in learning how to use the funding, difficult reporting requirements, and the need to supplement HPRP with other funds to deliver the supportive services needed.
Valley Youth House programs have a high rate of successfully housing clients, and—with HPRP as an additional resource—the success rate is likely to increase.