Street Outreach Programs

Street outreach programs funded by the Family & Youth Services Bureau operate across the country, in urban, suburban, and rural areas, including Philadelphia.

Photo by Leo Cardelli

Programs may send workers to find youth by foot, van, or both, during the hours that young people tend to be out, including late afternoons, evenings, nights, and weekends.

Staff members build relationships with youth gradually and respectfully. They provide youth on the street with basic supplies, support, advice, and referrals to emergency shelter programs, health care, and other services.

What’s in an outreach worker’s bag?

  • Food
  • Water
  • Blankets
  • Backpacks
  • Socks
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • First-aid kits
  • Bus tokens
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Laundry detergent
  • Referral cards (for shelter, health care, STD testing, substance abuse and mental health counseling)

Other places with outreach programs for homeless youth

Organizations like Covenant House offer many services for homeless youth, including medical care and shelter.

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