The youth we work with are incredibly resilient, but most have experienced significant trauma in their lives and often exit foster care without strong support networks. This frequently leaves young adults homeless and without the basics we all need to start a healthy, successful adulthood.
Safe housing is essential for those aging out of foster care.
Every year, over 100 foster youth in Hennepin County need transition help to avoid becoming homeless the day they turn 18.
Over 50% of Minnesota's foster youth will experience homelessness in their lifetime.
Our tight rental market increases the need for help.
97% of apartments are already occupied. The Twin CIties Metro is facing vacancy rates from 2.8%-3.4%.
I have faced hunger, abusive relationships, and setbacks in school, mental and physical illness.... I got my own apartment. My safe place to succeed and fail on my own accord.
Preventing homelessness now makes a world of difference later.
Preventing homelessness for our young people also prevents future participation in social welfare systems such as child welfare, criminal justice, or long-term homeless support.