At Jovenes, we offer a powerful formula of stable housing options, social services and employment support that creates opportunities for personal growth and charts a permanent path to a productive life. This is called a Continuum of Care, and it facilitates a process for youth to exit the streets and move into permanent housing as fast as possible. Our goal is personal self-sufficiency and permanent solutions to end the cycle of homelessness. Our programs result in remarkable outcomes by helping each client build personal habits of self-sufficient living. We do it goal-by-goal, achievement by achievement, paycheck by paycheck.
Jovenes currently has 64 units of housing in our Continuum of Care, and we are continuing to develop additional opportunities for our youth. The only way to end homelessness is through housing.
In Jovenes most recent fiscal year, October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015, housing was provided to 131 total youth. Of these youth, 41 began the year in our transitional or permanent housing. The chart below shows the destinations of the 90 youth who came to Jovenes through our short-term emergency shelter. This snapshot shows the many options available to our youth, as well as the challenges youth must often overcome in order to successfully move out of our shelter.
Emergency Shelter Destinations - 90 youth served
Transitional Housing Destinations - 24 youth served
- 82% achieved positive outcomes for housing
- 31% who exited Jovenes' Transitional Housing moved to supportive or subsidized permanent housing
- 6% who exited Jovenes' Transitional Housing returned to family
- 45% who exited Jovenes' Transitional Housing moved into market-rate apartments
Permanent Housing Destinations - 52 youth served
- 92% maintained or increase housing stability
- 15% of youth who exited Jovenes' Permanent Housing returned to family
- 13% of youth who exited Jovenes' Permanent Housing moved into market-rate or subsidized apartments
- 64% remained in Jovenes' permanent housing at year's end
Short Term Housing
Our 12 bed emergency shelter is the entrance point into Jovenes' Continuum of Care. Youth are able to stay here up to 90 days as they create and implement their individual plans, form relationships with our staff, and conduct daily activities like job searches, access healthcare enrollment & benefits, and stabilize. Progress evaluations are performed every 30 days to determine clients eligibility for emergency shelter. Our eight bed transitional housing program provides youth with up to 8 months of housing. Youth enrolled in transitional housing are typically going to school or work on a daily basis.
The only way to end homelessness is through permanent housing. Jovenes continues to invest and create more permanent housing opportunities that enable our youth to move into their own apartments, continue receiving supportive services, and move their lives forward. Explore our permanent supportive housing efforts, currently including My Home - Mi Casa, Progress Place Apartments, and Transition to My Place.