Youth Services address the unique needs of youth ages 18-24 with myriad programs that help permanently end their homelessness, or risk of experiencing homelessness.
The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project (YHDP) allows local partners to work together to end youth homelessness in Connecticut by 2020, thanks to a 2 year grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While Columbus House has served this particularly at-risk age group since our inception, YHDP allows us to better serve their needs and to reach the many youth that tend to avoid shelters. Our objective is to end the cycle of homelessness before it begins.
Case Management/Youth Navigators
Columbus House partners with Women and Families Center in Meriden to employ Youth Navigator staff who provide case management and connect youth to services to end their homelessness. These Navigators often have lived homelessness experience and are better able to connect with and identify the needs of youth ages 18-24.
Columbus House partners with The Connection to provide four beds specifically for youth ages 18-24 in Middlesex County.
Rapid Re-Housing moves people directly from instances of homelessness into their own rental unit by providing short-term financial assistance in the form of initial rent, security deposits, and/or utility assistance. Once in permanent housing, people are better able to access services needed for independence, stability, and growth. Columbus House offers Rapid Re-Housing to youth in Middlesex county as well as New Haven county in partnership with Youth Continuum.