Young Adult Diversion
The Young Adult Diversion Program is an innovative set of tools to help young people permanently end their housing crisis without entering the homeless housing system (e.g. shelter or transitional housing). The program is funded by the Raikes Foundation and managed by YouthCare in partnership with Nexus Youth & Families (Auburn Youth Resources), Friends of Youth, New Horizons, and the YMCA. Staff at these five partner agencies work with young people – ages 18-24 who are newly accessing services or already enrolled in programming – to identify viable alternatives to entering the homeless housing system (e.g. short-term rental assistance, moving costs, etc). Staff can then provide financial support to implement the alternatives, and may also provide referrals to other services such as employment training or case management.
An additional component of the program is skill-building training for staff on the best methods for engaging with young people in solution-focused conversations to consider their housing options. The trainings will eventually grow to include a suite of workshops for youth workers to ensure ongoing professional development opportunities and common language and practice across our community in serving homeless young people.