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Homelessness services and outreach

Helping youth emerge from a housing crisis to successful adulthood

Arbor Circle’s homeless youth services supports youth ages 16 to 20 who are experiencing homelessness and/or are without safe or stable housing. Through counseling and other services, at-risk youth have the opportunity to discover their inner strengths, build new skills, and find resources that will help them become fully prepared for a successful adult life.

How it works

Through Arbor Circle’s homeless youth services, clients are engaged in a process to understand their needs, identify their goals, and create a plan for achieving those goals. Services are personalized and emphasize finding permanent housing and building new skills so that youth are safer and more self-sufficient. Support can include everything from assistance with getting vital documents, such as birth certificates, to support in completing education, managing money, and finding employment. Services include:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Intake and assessment
  • Case management
  • Counseling
  • Independent living and life skills training
  • Basic needs support, advocacy and referral

Results

In 2011, Arbor Circle’s Homeless Youth Services helped 270 youth with assessment and intake services. Of those served:

  • 97% reported that their housing needs were met
  • 93% reported that their immediate barriers to meet basic needs were resolved
  • 95% of youth/families report being satisfied with services and said they would refer other youth.

Eligibility

Homeless Youth services are available to youth ages 16 to 20 who are experiencing homelessness and/or are without safe or stable housing. The length of service for each youth is up to 21 months. Youth staying/residing in the Counties of Kent, Ottawa, Montcalm, or Ionia may participate, and services are free.

Looking for help? Call us toll-free at 1-877-275-7792 or call (616) 451-3001 for more information.