Our young adult focused programs, Youth Connect and Before Thirty, target young adults who lack stable housing and connect them with the support they need to rebuild their lives. Both programs are designed to provide comprehensive care and individualized case management to help participants access our housing and employment services. Staff in these programs provide young people with opportunities to achieve stability, and empower them to change the trajectory of their futures.
Our Youth Connect Case Managers provide street outreach engagement services to 18-to-24 year olds who are runaways, homeless, or at-risk. The program functions as a mobile drop-in center. Our specialists canvas areas in across the District of Columbia looking for young adults aged 17-24 in need of help. Specialists conduct on the spot housing assessments, and help youth get the vital documents (Social Security cards, ID cards, and other items) needed to access a host of services ranging from Food Stamps and Medicaid to substance abuse treatment programs to housing. They can also conduct on-the spot-housing assessments and accompany the young person to various aid agencies to help them navigate the region’s public services system. If help is declined, Friendship Place Youth Specialists can help ensure an individual’s comfort and safety by offering a survival kit with bottled water, blankets, safe-sex kits, hygiene products, SmarTrip cards, and information about hypothermia or hyperthermia shelters during periods of extreme temperatures.
In 2018, Youth Connect served 326 youths.
Before Thirty is a person-centered program that provides employment and housing services to youth and young adults aged 17-29 (including single mothers) experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Friendship Place staff regularly meet with youths in the program to design customized plans that help them to achieve their goals. Job Developers at our AimHire Job Placement program arm participants with tools that will speed their professional growth, such as training in job readiness, resume preparation, interviewing skills, job identification, and outreach to potential employers. Participants are also given mentoring opportunities, and are encouraged to attend our life skill workshops, creative expression workshops, social events, community events, and more. Once they are placed in employment, participants are assisted in finding affordable housing. They also receive financial assistance for move-in costs, security deposits, and up to two months’ rent.
In 2018, Before Thirty served 77 young adults and ended homelessness for 16.
Who & Where We Serve
Youth Connect serves young adults aged 17-24 across the District of Columbia who are experiencing homelessness, runaway, or unstably housed.
Before Thirty serves young adults aged 17-29 at risk of or experiencing homelessness in the DC Metro area.