The greatest requirement for many people living with mental illness is simply a clean and safe place to live.
How many youth are living on our streets? What dangers do they face? Learn the issues - from foster care to child trafficking - that impact and drive youth homelessness.
What forces a child to be homeless?
Abandonment, mental health issues, abuse… the problems surrounding teen homelessness are complex and unique to each young person. While the causes that lead a kid to life on the streets are incredibly diverse, below are a few critical issues that often lead a child to the streets.
The impact of youth homelessness
The conditions that homeless young people experience on the streets often have serious and lasting effects, including:
The LINKS Center work to save homeless youth
These serious issues are some of the greatest challenges we face at Covenant House, and that is why we offer free primary health care, legal assistance, education and job training to our kids.
Youth homelessness robs our communities of the potential talent and energy of these young people – but we're committed to providing a place of shelter and support for every homeless runaway and at-risk kid who passes through our doors.
The housing program at The LINKS Center equips homeless youth ages 18 through 26 years old with the skills and education necessary to become independent, productive adults. The program’s goal is to help formerly homeless youth develop much-needed independent living skills in a nurturing environment that offers stability, consistency and safety. Created for young adults who truly have no other resources, the program provides no-cost:
Shelter (up to two years) and basic necessities like food and personal hygiene items
Medical and dental care assistance
Psychological assessments and mental health services
Job aptitude evaluation and career planning services
Life skills training
Assistance locating and leasing apartments
Clients can move through the program at their own pace and retain access to counseling and case management services even after exiting.
The Program provides case management services and housing to homeless young adults that are motivated and ready to participate in a structured program of recovery. Clients moving into the Program must be currently drug and alcohol free. A police background check and drug test is conducted at entry.
Clients can be referred by staff, outreach workers, and partner agencies.
Clients must be able to perform all activities of daily living without assistance, to include bathing and dressing themselves, monitoring their own medications.
Clients must be both medically and psychiatrically stable upon admission. The LINKS Center is not staffed by medical supervisory staff; therefore, persons requiring medical assistance in carrying out their activities of daily living, or who need medication monitoring are not appropriate.
Each client will create an individual development plan with assistance from the case manager.
Trainings and classes will be referred to community-based treatment programs and classes as needed.
Clients will pursue stable income and housing.
Clients will complete chores.
Follow agencies policies and rules.