To bring new and existing stakeholders together to prevent and end homelessness for unaccompanied youth, ages 24 and younger, in the Northwest region.

How do we define “ending homelessness”? 

An end to homelessness means that the region creates a systems-level response that ensures homelessness is prevented whenever possible or is otherwise rare, brief, and non-recurring.

The response must:

  • Quickly identify and engage youth at risk of and experiencing homelessness;
  • If not homeless:
    • Intervene to prevent the loss of housing and divert youth from entering the homeless services system;
  • If already homeless:
    • Provide immediate access to shelter and crisis services, without barriers to entry; and
    • Quickly connect youth to housing assistance and services tailored to their unique needs and strengths;
  • Help youth achieve and maintain stable housing.

Extent of youth homelessness:

While the CoC believes youth homelessness is under-reported due to its nature, current data shows us that ending youth homelessness in our region is achievable.

Coordinated Entry Prioritization List representing youth seeking homeless programs in the region.

  • June 2018: 68 Youth Households – 35 single and 33 parenting households
  • July 2018: 91 Youth Households – 48 single and 43 parenting households
  • September 2018: 94 Youth Households – 55 single and 39 parenting households

Point-in-Time Count: January 2018 count data for Unaccompanied Youth

  • 33 Youth Households – 16 were single and 15 parenting households
  • 7 were in Emergency Shelter, 22 in Transitional Housing and 4 Unsheltered

MN Department of Education: 2016-17 School Year report of unaccompanied homeless students.

  • Beltrami: 16 students
  • Hubbard: 3 students
  • Mahnomen: 6 students

CoC Program Enrollment: July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 HMIS report from all NW programs.

  • There were 375 homeless youth in programs:
    • 47 were youth ONLY households
    • 185 were single households
    • 143 in parenting youth households
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Collaborative Planning: 

Ending homelessness will require that our region work collaboratively and think creatively to find solutions to end youth homelessness. Proposed solutions include:

  • Creating new shelter & housing opportunities including host homes, shared housing, safe homes, and kinship care options.
  • Creating expanded youth friendly access and supports including: expanding street outreach, utilizing online and application technology, hiring regional youth advocates, developing a peer support system, creating school and community-based drop-in sites, updating assessments, training community/mainstream service providers (WIC, schools, County Social Services, Head Start, health care,) to serve as access sites, identifying rural transportation solutions, making agencies (office, websites, paperwork) more welcoming to youth, expanding supportive employment & educational opportunities, and increasing public/mainstream provider awareness and engagement.
  • Seeking systems changes that improve access, prevention and housing stabilization including; exploring regional homeless Youth Court, expanding use of expungement, improved discharge/reentry planning, and seeking cross training-dual role opportunities with community and mainstream service providers (WIC, County Social Services, Head Start)