Arizona Youth Partnership Secures funds from The Arizona Housing Coalition to Expand Homeless Youth Programs

Published by The Bee News

February 27, 2024

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[Mohave County, AZ] – Arizona Youth Partnership (AZYP) is thrilled to announce a $307,000 grant from The Arizona Housing Coalition’s Nonprofit Capacity Building Grants and High Impact Rural Solutions Grants initiatives. The funding, part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocation by the Arizona Department of Housing, will support AZYP’s efforts to expand Transitional Living Programming (TLP) in Mohave County.

TLP provides a secure living environment, immediate shelter, and support for homeless youth. AZYP’s Case Managers work closely with landlords to secure scattered-site apartments for the program.

Beyond shelter, TLP offers educational resources, including GED programs and vocational training, enhancing youth employability. Collaborating with Mohave County Community Services and AZ@Work, AZYP provides educational support and navigation.

Recognizing the mental health needs of homeless youth, TLP offers counseling services through partnerships with Mohave Mental Health and Southwest Behavioral Health.

Case Managers teach essential life skills such as budgeting, cooking, and time management. Additional support includes childcare assistance and connections to parenting education when needed. Individualized plans are created to set realistic goals, and ensure ongoing support, connecting youth to healthcare services and navigating assistance programs.

AZYP collaborates with local agencies, pooling resources, and providing a comprehensive range of services. Referrals to specialized services are made with a “warm-handoff” approach, ensuring follow-up to meet youth needs.

Sharing data and information about homeless youth needs helps allocate resources efficiently. AZYP emphasizes a collaborative, multi-agency approach to address the diverse needs of this vulnerable population.

For any questions regarding AZYP’s homeless youth programs, please contact Kelly Tanner at 760-470-0609 or kelly@azyp.org.

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