Youth Housing Feasibility Study
United Way of
Sleeping Lion Associates, Inc.
Community Assessment and Youth Initiative Projects sponsored by the
data regarding the number of young people in and around
Currently, the region has a number of programs and some housing that support youth in transition. These services are inextricably linked. Descriptions of these services begin on page 12. The major deficiencies in the region are a lack of emergency shelter, halfway houses for youthful offenders and substance abusers and transitional housing that is specifically focused on the needs of youth.
Successful models of youth housing do exist in other regions of the state and similar communities. These models feature a diversity of operators, housing types, service approaches and funding sources. They included shelters, a residential treatment facility, group homes, single-room occupancy and supervised apartments. The housing is typically a) owned & operated by organizations serving youth; b) owned & operated by organizations providing services for pregnant girls/young mothers; c) owned by a housing organization or private landlord and operated by an organization serving youth or d) a blend of the above. Details of the configuration, operation and funding of these models are presented beginning on page 17.
In order to provide
youth in the region with safe and affordable housing and support services that
can be sustained and supported by the community, this report recommends the
development of an enhanced transitional housing program. This would include the development of a youth
single-room occupancy project and/or additional supervised apartments combined
with the provision of support services and the development of an accommodation
between the housing owner and Youth Services that allows the project to house
those youth under 18 who are in need but unable to secure parental
approval. This recommendation is based
on the understanding that halfway house services are being implemented at
Middle House in
In order to serve 10 to 13 youth per year, an annual subsidy will be required in an amount estimated at $20,000-30,000. Funding for this subsidy could come from redirecting existing resources and staffing or soliciting additional funds. However, it is highly improbable that this program would be able to receive any additional federal funds for its support.