ANOKA, Minn. – The organization “Hope 4 Youth” officially broke ground Thursday on a new transitional living facility for youth that are experiencing homelessness in Anoka County.
Hope Place will have room for up to twelve people, ages 18 to 24, giving them a place to live while they get their feet under them.
“We can work with them, getting them employment, getting them back to school and getting them off to a better place so they can become self-sufficient,” says Hope 4 Youth board member Paul Ekstrom.
Hope 4 Youth opened a drop-in center in 2013 for youth experiencing homelessness. The drop in center will remain open, but Hope Place will give residents a place to call “home” for an average of 12 to 24 months.
Hope 4 Youth plans to have Hope Place open in time for Thanksgiving.
According to Wilder Research, more than 4,000 youth experience homelessness every night in Minnesota.