New Avenues for Youth is a Portland-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and intervention of youth homelessness. Our services for young people (ages 9-24) focus on the individual—their experiences, identities, needs, and goals—and helping them make positive change in their lives.
New Avenues’ founding in 1997 was a response to the growing numbers of youth experiencing homelessness in downtown Portland. While intervention on street homelessness remains central to our efforts, prevention—or reaching young people earlier to stop homelessness before it starts—is increasingly a strategic focus for us. In fact, more than half of our budget is devoted to it. And for good reason: gentrification, historical and institutional racism, rising housing costs, and the COVID-19 pandemic have displaced, marginalized, and isolated low-income and BIPOC communities in the region, with housing instability and homelessness on the rise.
From meals and counseling to job training and housing, our equity-based services address the many barriers to stability and well-being that young people face. Each and every day, we show up in compassionate, creative ways, ensuring that they always have a place to turn.
New Avenues opens its doors.
New Avenues’ alternative school for youth experiencing homelessness opens.
Legendary entertainer Steve Allen headlines New Avenues’ first annual Comedy Show fundraiser.
New Avenues’ Transitional Housing program, the first in Portland for youth experiencing homelessness, opens in the Joyce N. Furman Building.
New Avenues’ job training and employment program Promoting Avenues to Employment (PAVE) launches.
New Avenues opens the first social purpose enterprise Ben & Jerry’s PartnerShop in the Pacific Northwest.
New Avenues opens a second downtown location in the Ronald Killough Building.
New Avenues hosts the first Brews for New Avenues, the world’s largest craft beer auction to help end youth homelessness.
New Avenues launches the social purpose enterprise screen-printing business New Avenues INK.
New Avenues launches PDX-Connect, a program for youth transitioning from foster care into adulthood.
The Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC) joins New Avenues, which also opens Unity House, the first housing program in Oregon for LGBTQIA2S+ youth.
New Avenues opens Robinswood, a crisis shelter for youth in foster care awaiting placement.
New Avenues launches the Alba Collaborative.
Financial & Annual Reports
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News and updates from New Avenues for Youth
Equity & Inclusion
Read our Equity Statement and Statement of Solidarity
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