100-Day Challenge on Youth Homelessness

Between July and November 2017, Hennepin County joined four other U.S. communities in a challenge to combat youth homelessness. 

While the challenge had a set end date, partners and champions continue helping youth secure housing and employment. The team continues to recruit employers and property owners interested in supporting youth in their transition out of homelessness.

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How you can help

Ending homelessness is good for the entire community.

The challenge team continues recruiting:

  • People interested in becoming challenge champions
  • Landlords, property management companies and people with connections to housing opportunities
  • Employers willing to work with youth experiencing homelessness and people with connections to employment opportunities

Help spread the word. Download the champion recruitment flyer (PDF).

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Challenge background

The problem

On any given night in Minnesota, an estimated 6,000 youth experience homelessness on their own, without a parent or guardian.

Our response

During the challenge, the community exceeded its goal of assisting 150 youth in finding housing, with 236 youth obtaining safe, stable homes.

In addition to surpassing its housing goal, the community made steady progress on its goal of assisting youth in finding employment and continuing education. At the end of the challenge, 135 youth (57 percent of youth housed) had obtained a job or paid internship, training or credentialing, GED or diploma or post-secondary education. The goal was to assist 75 percent of the youth to find employment or advance their education.

Read the challenge executive summary (PDF).

Challenge partners

Many organizations and businesses are working to implement this challenge, including:

  • Avenues for Homeless Youth
  • Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative
  • Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis – Hope Street for Homeless Youth
  • City of Minneapolis Employment and Training
  • Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness
  • Goodwill Easter Seals
  • Hennepin County
  • HIRED
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services – Office of Economic Opportunity
  • Minneapolis Downtown Council
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Minneapolis Public Schools
  • MoveFwd
  • Oasis for Youth
  • Suburban Hennepin Workforce
  • Tree Trust
  • The Bridge for Youth
  • The Link
  • United Way
  • YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities
  • YouthLink

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and private philanthropic partners supported the challenge. A Way Home America, The Rapid Results Institute and HomeBase administered it. 

The following communities also participated: Baltimore, Maryland; Columbus, Ohio; Palm Beach County, Florida; and Louisville, Kentucky. 

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