On any given night, an estimated 4,080 Minnesota youth experience homelessness. To provide comfort and care for these youth, legislation has been introduced to fund an additional $2 million a year for programs under the Homeless Youth Act.
The need for support for homeless youth is large: in the last year alone, the Department of Human Services received applications for over $20 million from 51 organizations statewide. Furthermore, 25% of homeless adults first experienced homelessness before the age of 17. The burdens of homelessness cost society a great deal of resources in health care, education, housing, and social services.
With additional funding, homelessness organizations can host and help more youth, expand emergency shelter beds, and provide more transitional housing options, as well as increase street outreach and drop-in centers. By helping our homeless youth through these and other resources, we can help them find sustained and stable housing, allowing for a future that is increasingly safe and dependable. (S.F. 548)