2020_2A New Initiative to Help Prevent and End Youth Homelessness in Portland


In 2017, New Avenues for Youth celebrates its 20th anniversary of delivering homelessness prevention and intervention services in Portland, with more than 20,000 youth served.

To continue to grow our impact and be true difference makers, we must be responsive to shifting demographic, social, and economic realities in the area – shifts that have negatively impacted and displaced low-income communities. To that end, we are extending our reach into East Multnomah County, where increasing numbers of marginalized younger youth —including those from communities of color and immigrant and   refugee communities, commercially sexually exploited children, LGBTQ youth, and youth in foster care – are experiencing unsafe and unstable housing and lack access to much-needed supports and resources.


We are pleased to announce the 2020 Campaign, a four-year, $1M initiative supporting New Avenues’ expansion into East Multnomah County.

The campaign includes the opening of a new program site co-located on the Boys & Girls Club/Open School campus (16519 SE Stark Street) that will be known as the Youth Opportunity Center. Slated to break ground in May 2017, the Center will be a local hub from which we deliver drop-in services, education, job training, LGBTQ youth supports, housing supports, and our PDX-Connect program, which serves youth transitioning from   foster care. The campaign seeks community investment in capital, tenant improvements, and capacity building, which will enable us to increase   programming in the region for youth experiencing or on the cusp of homelessness.

The campaign will close by June 30, 2020.

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For more information, contact:

Jessica Elkan, Director of Development & Communications

jelkan@newavenues.org or 503.517.3909


UPDATE:  Bank of America has chosen New Avenues for their Neighborhood Builders Grant!

READ HERE how this support has kicked off our campaign in a big way!

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