“NAF loves it when we are able to use our resources to help organizations like YouthLink do great work.”

Lu Hang, Loan Officer/Financial Specialist, Nonprofits Assistance Fund

YouthLink, located in downtown Minneapolis, serves homeless youth ages 16 – 23 across the Twin Cities. It has over 40 years of experience connecting young people with a community of resources and support. Whether it’s basic needs, assistance with employment or educational goals, accessing mental and physical health resources, or finding supportive housing, it helps young people at all stages of their journey.

YouthLink is also the host site for the Youth Opportunity Center (YOC). The YOC is a unique collaborative model, bringing together a variety of organizations and agencies that provide resources that young people experiencing homelessness may need – all in one location. This one-stop-shop model helps deliver life-changing resources more effectively for the young people Youthlink works with.

On any given night in Minnesota, 4,000 young people will experience homelessness. But thanks to YouthLink, new pathways are opened for young people facing barriers to help them build more stable futures. Through its programs YouthLink serves more than 2,000 youth annually, 100% of whom are living in poverty, and 93% are from communities of color.

To create more opportunities for youth to move forward, YouthLink is working with Project for Pride in Living to develop 46 housing units for young people experiencing homelessness. The five-story structure will be connected to YouthLink’s headquarters and the YOC. The groundbreaking was held in April, and the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

This development fills a critical need of housing for youth experiencing homelessness, and connects them to the essential skills and pathways needed to succeed in the 21st century economy. It creates a holistic, positive, vibrant community that makes it possible for youth to engage with new opportunities, broaden their horizons, and build self-esteem.

Nonprofits Assistance Fund is thrilled to provide a loan to help bring this important project to fruition for the homeless youth of the Twin Cities.