Assistance to young homeless people is available through targeted homeless assistance programs and non-targeted or mainstream programs. For instance, the Basic Center Program establishes or strengthens locally controlled community and faith-based programs that address the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families. These centers provide youth with temporary shelter, food, clothing and referrals for health care.
There is also a transitional living program for the youth of America that provides stable and safe living accommodations, training for basic life skills, career counseling, educational training and physical and mental health support services. The Street Outreach Program provides educational and preventive services to runaway, homeless and street youth who have experienced or have a risk of sexual exploitation or abuse.
Other types of help for homeless youth often comes in the form of state or local programs, such as the Partners Reaching Out to Youth Countywide program in Seattle, Wash., which helps hard-to-serve homeless youth make the transition to safe and permanent housing. Local programs may also link to other programs to support young homeless people, such as Teen Feed, which works with the community to offer support to meet basic needs, build strong relationships and ally with homeless youth.