IHYC brings a sense of home, structure, into the lives of homeless youth.
In 2015, there was an estimated 21,200 individuals who were homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Your support to Reggie’s Sleepout helps IHYC directly assist the most vulnerable youth in Iowa to become independent and self-sufficient.
Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (IHYC) touched the lives of over 500 homeless youth in the Des Moines metro in 2015. Through life-changing programs that build confidence and self-sufficiency skills, IHYC helps homeless youth and families get back on track for living independently. Each day, free-of-charge, youth in need can count on IHYC.
Youth Opportunity Center – The Youth Opportunity Center (YOC) is the newest facility for IHYC, located at 612 Locust Street in Downtown Des Moines. This facility houses our Street Outreach, Aftercare, and PSERP programs, and our administrative team. The YOC includes: a drop-in center, commercial kitchen with daily meal program, laundry and shower facilities, art studio, computer lab, therapy and counseling rooms, and 9 emergency beds for transition-age youth.
Supportive Housing Program – The Buchanan Transitional Living Program is a coed program that serves youth ages 16-21; the Lighthouse Transitional Living Program serves pregnant and parenting homeless young women, ages 16-25 (and their children).
Iowa Aftercare Services Network – IASN provides case management and support to youth (ages 18-21) that have aged out of the Iowa foster care system.
Post-Secondary Education Retention Program (PSERP) – Works with youth as they complete their two-year associate’s degree or 4-year college degree. Program components include case management, financial coaching, mentor matching, a study table and a monthly financial stipend.
HOMELESSNESS AWARENESS FACTS
+ There are more homeless people right now than ever before. More than 1.5 million of the homeless are youth.
+ 21,200 (approx.) Iowans were homeless in 2015.
+ In 2015, Iowa Homeless Youth Centers has worked directly with over 500 youth that are homeless or are at high risk of becoming homeless in the near future.
WHAT ARE THE DAILY CHALLENGES FOR HOMELESS YOUTH?
It is difficult to even think about tomorrow when:
+ You have no place safe to sleep at night
+ You don’t know when/from where your next meal comes
+ You’re hungry and have no energy
+ You’re dirty and have no clean clothes
+ You’re sick and have no doctor
+ You’re pregnant or parenting with no support/child care
+ You have no transportation
WHAT ARE LONG-TERM CHALLENGES FOR HOMELESS YOUTH?
Once the daily challenges for youth are alleviated, work begins on difficult long-term challenges. We have great respect for youth working to overcome serious challenges, including:
+ Mental, Physical and Sexual Abuse
+ Long Term Foster Care or Juvenile Justice
+ Mental Illness
+ Behavioral Issues
+ Developmental Delay
+ School Failure
+ Substance Abuse
+ Health Problems
+ Legal Issues
+ Few Sources of Positive Support and Guidance
+ Young Parent or Pregnancy
+ Social Stigma