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Catholic Charities SHY Program (Supportive Housing for Youth)

This specialized program helps homeless youth build stability in their lives, as well as find and maintain affordable housing. SHY offers housing counseling and financial assistance for young people, ages 16 to 24, who are experiencing homelessness, near-homelessness, or aging-out of foster care. There is no cost to youth in the program. 
If you are experiencing homelessness, in danger of becoming homeless, in crisis where you are currently living, or exiting foster care, you may be eligible to participate in SHY. You must be 16 to 24 years old, motivated, and from any of the following counties:
·         Stearns
·         Benton
·         Sherburne
·         Wright
·         Todd
·         Mille Lacs
·         Morrison
·         Anoka
Each young person is paired with an Independent Living Counselor who acts as their mentor. The pair can be in touch as much as daily, and meet in person as often as needed – usually weekly.
Together, the pair develop goals and plans for the young person’s life.

Those could include:
  • Career planning
  • Completion of high school
  • Continuing education
  • Employment
  • Financial management
  • Housing
  • Household maintenance
  • Medical/mental health systems, facilitation and/or referral
  • Nutrition/meal preparation
  • Self-esteem/decision-making
  • Transportation
  • Use of community resources
  • Vital Document Folder preparation
    (includes: birth certificate, social security card, state identification, school identification, emergency contact forms, green card, health insurance card)
Young people may participate in the program for as long as 24 months. 
Referral is not required for admission to the SHY program. Any youth who is homeless or near-homeless may request assistance.  For information on the program, please contact our Homeless Outreach Worker at (320) 250-2306.

 
A variety of measuring tools are used to gauge a clients’ progress: 
  • The Ansell-Casey Lifeskills Assessment
  • An exit survey
  • Follow-up surveys
The Ansell-Casey Lifeskills Assessment is given when the young person enrolls in the program, and again as they exit. The assessment helps determine the young person’s level of independence and self-sufficiency.   An Exit Survey is also given upon completion of the program; it uncovers the client's level of satisfaction with SHY’s services. Follow-up Surveys are sent to young people six months after they leave program, and again after one year. These survey provide important client feedback, such as:
  • The degree to which the youth's housing situation has stabilized
  • The degree to which his/her educational/training level has improved
  • The degree to which employment has stabilized and / or improved for him/her
  • The degree to which the youth has increased his / her connection to the community
 
 
Visit SHY’s Facebook Page for the latest news.
  • If you are experiencing homelessness, in danger of becoming homeless, in crisis where you are currently living, or exiting foster care, you may be eligible to participate in SHY. You must be 16 to 24 years old, motivated, and from any of the following counties:
    ·         Stearns
    ·         Benton
    ·         Sherburne
    ·         Wright
    ·         Todd
    ·         Mille Lacs
    ·         Morrison
    ·         Anoka
  • Each young person is paired with an Independent Living Counselor who acts as their mentor. The pair can be in touch as much as daily, and meet in person as often as needed – usually weekly.
    Together, the pair develop goals and plans for the young person’s life.

    Those could include:
    • Career planning
    • Completion of high school
    • Continuing education
    • Employment
    • Financial management
    • Housing
    • Household maintenance
    • Medical/mental health systems, facilitation and/or referral
    • Nutrition/meal preparation
    • Self-esteem/decision-making
    • Transportation
    • Use of community resources
    • Vital Document Folder preparation
      (includes: birth certificate, social security card, state identification, school identification, emergency contact forms, green card, health insurance card)
    Young people may participate in the program for as long as 24 months. 
  • Referral is not required for admission to the SHY program. Any youth who is homeless or near-homeless may request assistance.  For information on the program, please contact our Homeless Outreach Worker at (320) 250-2306.

     
  • A variety of measuring tools are used to gauge a clients’ progress: 
    • The Ansell-Casey Lifeskills Assessment
    • An exit survey
    • Follow-up surveys
    The Ansell-Casey Lifeskills Assessment is given when the young person enrolls in the program, and again as they exit. The assessment helps determine the young person’s level of independence and self-sufficiency.   An Exit Survey is also given upon completion of the program; it uncovers the client's level of satisfaction with SHY’s services. Follow-up Surveys are sent to young people six months after they leave program, and again after one year. These survey provide important client feedback, such as:
    • The degree to which the youth's housing situation has stabilized
    • The degree to which his/her educational/training level has improved
    • The degree to which employment has stabilized and / or improved for him/her
    • The degree to which the youth has increased his / her connection to the community
     
     
  • Visit SHY’s Facebook Page for the latest news.

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