HOPE 4 Youth grew out of a community effort to combat youth homelessness. In November 2012, a series of news articles raised awareness of young people in Anoka County who were in need of basic resources. The stories were published during the coldest days of winter and sparked an immediate reaction from the public.
As a result, partnerships were built, donations solicited and in March 2013 HOPE 4 Youth opened our doors; becoming the first Drop-In Center for homeless and at-risk youth in the north metro suburbs.
When the doors of the Drop-In Center close, many of the youth find themselves couch-hopping or back on the streets. In response to this, we decided to expand our focus on long-term solutions to ending youth homelessness and as a result opened HOPE Place, the first transitional housing for young people ages 18-24 in the north metro suburbs, in late 2016.