Funded by the Family & Youth Services Bureau, the Transition Age Youth (TAY) Street Outreach Program helps young people get off the streets.
To that end, the program promotes efforts to build relationships between street outreach workers and runaway, homeless and street youth. The program also provides support services that aim to move youth into stable housing and prepare them for independence. The program’s ultimate goal is to prevent the sexual abuse or exploitation of young people living on the streets or in unstable housing.
The street outreach program provides high-quality, bilingual, trauma-informed, culturally competent, and holistic services to runaway, homeless, and street (RHS) youth between the ages of 16 and 21—with a special focus on the needs of LGBTQ youngsters who make up a disproportionately high percentage of the homeless youth population, and sexually exploited youth. Street outreach program staff work closely with other organizations that work to protect and treat young people who have been or are at risk of sexual abuse or exploitation.
Street outreach services include the following:
- Street-based education and outreach
- Access to drop-in center services
- Access to emergency shelter and housing programs
- Survival aid
- Individual assessments
- Trauma-informed treatment and counseling
- Prevention and education activities
- Information and referrals
- Crisis intervention
- Follow-up support