|AVENUES FOR HOMELESS YOUTH|
|Mission||Avenues for Homeless Youth seeks to help youth achieve their personal goals and make a positive transition into young adulthood by providing emergency shelter, short-term housing, and supportive services for homeless youth in a safe and nurturing environment.|
|Services/Programs||Emergency shelter and transitional living, including three host-home programs|
|Service Area||Metropolitan Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Target Population(s)||RHY ages 16 to 21|
|Annual Budget||Total budget in FY 2011–2012 was $1.02 million; in 2012, Avenues received $175,000 in federal RHY program funding for transitional living|
|Number of Youth Served Annually||157 youth across all programs in FY 2011–2012; 132 youth through shelter and transitional housing programs and 15 youth through the GLBT Host Home Program|
|Percentage of Youth Identifying as LGBTQ||25 percent lesbian, gay, or bisexual; 2 to 3 percent transgender (based on staff estimate)|
|Organizational Strategies for Serving LGBTQ Youth||
Avenues has implemented the following organizational strategies:
|Services Tailored for LGBTQ Youth||
Avenues tailors several services to address the needs of LGBTQ youth:
Sources: Agency documents and discussions with staff during site visit in May 2013.
FY = fiscal year; LGBTQ = lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning; RHY = runaway and homeless youth.