The Building HOPE Project will allow us to continue to meet the needs of young people who are experiencing homelessness in our area. With a new building, we will be able to use our programs to provide the tools and support to help more local 16 to 24 year olds out of homelessness.
HOPE 4 YOUTH PAST
In late 2012, a series of news articles raised awareness about young people experiencing homelessness in the North Metro. The stories made headlines during the coldest days of winter and sparked an immediate reaction of concern amongst many people. In 2013, with a mission deﬁned, partnerships, and donations, HOPE 4 Youth opened as the ﬁrst Drop-In Center for youth experiencing homelessness in the North Metro.
HOPE 4 YOUTH PRESENT
If HOPE has a home base, this is it. HOPE 4 Youth in Anoka is the hub for many of our services. It is a safe, non-judgmental place for all youth who are in need.
No appointment is necessary to visit. Youth have the opportunity to receive a hot meal, clothing, food items, hygiene items, shower, and laundry facilities. Our Case Managers help to connect young people to stable housing, health and wellness programs, education and employment opportunities, and more.
Our housing initiatives include HOPE Place, a 12-unit facility in Coon Rapids, and Host Homes, a program that oﬀers support to at-risk young people and caring adults who oﬀer them a place to stay.
HOPE 4 YOUTH FUTURE
Our ability to support even more young people through our proven strategies is limited by the inability to expand at our current rental facility.
A new HOPE 4 Youth Center in the Anoka County area would double the space available for youth and young families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. A new center would also expand access to our life-changing services that focus on creating:
- Ongoing basic-needs support
- Stable housing
- Healthy connections
- Social and emotional well-being
A new facility would bring our entire organization — administration, caseworkers, volunteers, and others — together to eﬃciently and eﬀectively fulfill our mission, vision, and ultimate goal:
TO END YOUTH HOMELESSNESS.