We Support Youth Experiencing Homelessness and Housing Instability
New Avenues’ services are designed to address the individualized needs and readiness of young people (ages 9-24) experiencing homelessness and housing instability. By recognizing the many barriers and challenges they face—poverty, struggles with addiction and mental health, disconnection from family due to sexual orientation or gender identity, and histories of involvement in sex trafficking, the child welfare system, and the juvenile justice system—we meet youth where they are and help them make positive change in their lives.
Our equity-based, trauma-informed services Focus in two key areas
Reaching young people early to stop homelessness before it starts
Helping young people exit homelessness who are already experiencing it
To address a wide range of youth needs, we offer everything from meals and counseling to job training and housing. With the support of our case managers, youth move through services at their own pace and follow their own path.
They may come to us through the Drop-In Center for basic needs and then connect to Education to earn a GED. They may access PAVE for employment services and then get connected to Housing. They may enroll in our PDX-Connect program for youth transitioning from foster care and then access LGBTQIA2s+ services from SMYRC. They may get connected to family mediation and reunification services through the Alba Collaborative and support for reconnecting to school. Whatever their needs and goals, we are here for them at every stop along the way.
Our Impact in
1,198 youth accessed services from New Avenues
13,649 meals were served in our Drop-In Center
96% of exits from our Transitional Housing program were to safe, stable housing
Our workforce-development program PAVE made 150 job and internship placements
In East Multnomah County, our Youth Opportunity Center had 606 drop-ins from youth experiencing housing instability, and the Alba Collaborative served 157 youth
Our New Day program for youth experiencing sex trafficking or exploitation served 200 youth
334 youth transitioning from or formerly in foster care accessed our PDX-Connect program
138 LGBTQIA2s+ youth accessed services from SMYRC