Youth Street Outreach Program
The Hawai`i Street Outreach Program will increase the safety, well-being, self-sufficiency and number of permanent connections with caring adults among runaway, homeless,and street youth ages 12-21 in Hawai’i by…
Encouraging runaway,homeless and street youth to leave the streets and to make other personal choices regarding where they live and how they behave.
Providing street -based services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to or at risk of being subjected to sexual abuse, prostitution,or sexual exploitation
Coordination and sustaining partnerships that strengthen the integration of comprehensive services to address the needs of the homeless youth population in order to increase protective factors and reduce risk factors that impact effective transition to adulthood.
Street-based Outreach & Education
Identifying of youth new to streets and early intervention. While on the streets, they are at high risk of assault, sexual exploitation and abuse, poor nutrition, and inadequate health care.
During Street Outreach and at Drop-in Center here at Hale `Opio we can distribute food, water, toiletries, hygiene supplies, cards, brochures, condoms, laundry detergent, sewing kits, band-aids, etc.
MONDAY- FRIDAY 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
- Establishing Relationships
- Developing Trust
- Providing Hope
- Identifying new Youth
- Reconnecting with known Youth
- Engaging with Youth
- Distribution of Information
- Referrals to shelter and other services
THE NEED IS REAL
According to the Dept.of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Hawai`i has the highest rate of homelessness per capita of the 50 states.
Runaway, homeless and street youth up to age 21 including LGBTQ Youth, who are runaway, homeless, at risk of being homeless, currently live in exploitative, or spend most of their time on the streets. Youth will come into the program through our own and other street community outreach efforts, word of mouth, homeless adults, community agency workers, police and self-referrals.