Unhoused Youth Initiative

Join Us in Ending Youth Homelessness!

Our mission is to locate, identify, and build essential relationships with those experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. We provide essential support, transportation, hot meals, assessments, and direct referrals to support services. In addition, we provide individuals and families with permanent housing if they're interested through our partnerships with landlords and property managers. We're excited to embark on this new journey with the Youth Action Board (YAB), The Road Home, LGBTQ Outreach, and the City of Madison. Your contributions and support have allowed us to develop and carry out such unique programming. Make history with us by changing the trajectory of our unhoused youth's lives and futures.

Our Unhoused Youth Initiative's transitional housing services include the following:

Youth-Headed Family Shelter: The facility will provide shelter to unhoused youth-led families ages 17.5 to 24. The shelter will provide prevention strategies for decreasing adult risk factors and diseases that were identified in the ACES, including 1) prevention of adverse experiences in childhood, 2) prevention of the adoption of unhealthy coping strategies, and 3) changing these risk behaviors and decreasing the disease burden among adults.

Scattered Transitional Housing Units: Using our partnerships and relationships with landlords, Urban Triage will lease three (3) to four (4) apartment units in our name and provide shelter to unhoused youth or youth experiencing imminent housing insecurities. These units are available to youth who need housing but require additional support to sustain housing. We'll also provide wraparound support and case management.

Rapid Rehousing: Urban Triage will work with landlords and property management companies to house youth. These units will be available to youth who are ready for permanent housing and may need additional support. We'll pay a percentage of their rent, and they'll receive wraparound support and other services.

Youth Drop-In Center: Our youth drop in-center will start in June, offering support with resumes, job placements, essential needs, trauma recovery, navigation support, immediate needs, food, and case management. Urban Triage is rooted in centering those most vulnerable and filling gaps in services while providing a comfortable, accepting, and stigma-free place that centers the humanity of all who come through the door.

This will be Dane County and Wisconsin's first Unhoused Youth Initiative and shelter for youth between the age of 17.5 and 24. Urban Triage is known for developing and implementing programs that fill the niche and gaps--serving those most vulnerable. We've successfully and impactfully served 3,082 individuals over the last year with housing services and placed more than 225 individuals and families in permanent housing. We have over 4 years of providing support and services to tenants and landlords, which positions us to meet the needs of vulnerable youth effectively and efficiently. Our current working relationships and established partnerships with landlords and other agencies ensure the success of our Unhoused Youth Initiative.

Support the Work

We want to raise $1 million to support our Unhoused Youth Initiative. The funds will cover the expense of providing shelter and supportive services for unhoused youth ages 17.5 to 24 and those experiencing imminent housing insecurities. We'll renovate and furnish the shelter, the drop-in center, and transitional housing units. Funds will also provide rental support, utility assistance, and other operational costs. The spaces created through this initiative will provide youth with culturally sound, welcoming spaces and homes and will include all the necessities required to capture and engage vulnerable youth and their families.

Your support will allow us to provide our programming effectively and expand our capacity to add additional units and support services, community engagement, and other transformative activities. Your sponsorship will also support staff hiring to provide guidance and support for youth. 


Our Wish List

We need a few items for the opening of our Youth Drop-In Center. Below is the link to view and purchase the items on our Amazon Wish List.


Our Partners and Sponsors

A special thank you to our Partners and Sponsors of this initiative!

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