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With grants from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, 30 organizations across the state will soon provide additional services to homeless youth.
“Serving homeless youth is an urgent need,” said Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. “Providing these services now can lead to hopeful days ahead and bright futures. We have a great responsibility to act.”
Under contract with the department, the organizations will expand and develop additional services to fill needs in their communities, including street outreach, drop-in centers, emergency shelter, transitional living and supportive housing programs. Funding comes from a $4.2 million investment in the Homeless Youth Act made by Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature last year.
The grantees are:
With the additional resources, the state will be better able to fund a full continuum of programming, ranging from prevention to permanent housing, to serve young Minnesotans.
“I’ve seen the good work going on at Full Cycle Bike Shop in Minneapolis,” said Jesson, who recently visited the youth-run, nonprofit bike shop that addresses homelessness by connecting youth with training, employment experience and support services. “I am pleased that other community organizations will have the opportunity to provide services to youth.”
Minnesota’s homeless population has grown by six percent since 2009, according to the 2012 Wilder Research study, Homelessness in Minnesota (PDF). On the night of the statewide count in October 2012, homeless Minnesotans numbered 10,214. Nearly half were youth age 21 and younger. More than 1,000 were youth on their own.