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Mission & Vision Statement
Our vision in Hennepin County is a community where all youth and young adults have access to safe and stable housing, ensuring youth homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring.
We will address the racial inequities that exist and the inequitable distribution of power, especially for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth and young adults experiencing housing instability. We commit to disrupting oppressive systems. This includes youth leadership and decision-making in advocacy, planning and action.
We will enhance an innovative and accessible system that is centered in youth choice and youth voice. The system will focus on preventing homelessness whenever possible and supporting youth in moving towards stable housing. Services and housing opportunities will be provided through a holistic approach, supporting youth connections to chosen family and community, and incorporating youth-developed strategies on improving education and employment connections, prioritizing social and emotional well-being, and enhancing permanent connections.
Coordinated Community Plan
The Coordinated Community Plan to prevent and end youth homelessness in Hennepin County includes input from a broad range of stakeholders made up of non-profit youth agencies, government entities, local education agencies, the Heading Home Hennepin Executive Committee, and youth and young adults. The development of the Coordinated Community Plan was led by the Youth Action Board and the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project (YHDP) Core Team. The plan is representative of a continued commitment and focus to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-reoccurring for youth and young adults (YYA).
Hennepin County Coordinated Community Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness (PDF)
YHDP project awards
The following projects were selected through a facilitated community process involving the Core Team and the Youth Action Board (YAB). Projects that were prioritized aligned with the shared vision, adhered to the guiding principles, and were eligible for YHDP funds.
- Connections to Independence (C2i) - Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Voucher Supportive Services
- Oasis for Youth - Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) Voucher Supportive Services
- Hennepin County - Youth and Young Adult Navigation Services
- Institute for Community Alliances (ICA) - HMIS support and training to youth projects
- The Link - Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)
- The Link - Rapid Rehousing (RRH)