COON RAPIDS, Minn. – (Dec. 8, 2016) – Twelve young people who have been experiencing homelessness will be getting a great present this holiday season – they will have a new place to call home.
Hope 4 Youth has been working with homeless young people for about three years at their drop-in center in Anoka. They provide a place where young people in need can come to take a shower, do their laundry, do their homework, or simply stay warm for a few hours.
This week, Hope 4 Youth held a ribbon cutting as they opened a new housing facility that will provide apartments for twelve young people.
“Hope Place is going to be a transitional housing program for twelve homeless youth,” said Hope 4 Youth’s director of programs and properties, Sara Kemp. “We are taking youth off the street and bringing them into a home”.
Hope Place will provide each of their twelve residents with their own studio apartment. It is furnished with a bed, nightstand, full kitchen, table and a bathroom. The shared spaces have games, computers, a fitness area, and laundry facilities.
“I think this will be the biggest blessing. They are going to be getting lots of support services, their own apartment, it’s going to be amazing,” said Kemp.
The goal will be to provide more than a bed, but a path to an independent future.
“Transition them into their own place eventually, out in the community.”
People will start moving into their new homes in the coming weeks.