Working to End Youth Homelessness
Since 1992, Family Connection has operated Project HOPE, a street outreach and drop-in day center for homeless youth in Birmingham. We are committed to protecting runaway and homeless youth and, whenever possible, reuniting them with their families. We provide young people the resources they need to get off the streets and stabilize their lives. Family Connection maintains a culture where the dignity of every youth is respected and all youth feel safe. All youth have the right to receive services regardless of race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, disability, or sexual orientation.
Project HOPE was the first street outreach program in Alabama and is the only program providing services for runaway, homeless and street youth in the Birmingham area serving youth ages 13 to 21. Services provided through Project Home are free to all participants.
Street Based Outreach: The longer a homeless youth stays on the streets, the harder it is for them to exit street life permanently. It is important to make a connection with homeless youth as quickly. Our Street Outreach Team is on Birmingham's streets talking to young people about shelter options, handing out food, clothes and hygiene packs and administering minor first aid. The Team also distributes literature and referral information for other needed services, including medical clinics, GED assistance, and job training programs. Youth know they can receive these services without question or ties, which builds a tradition of trust.
Drop-In Day Center, HOPE House: Provides a safe, hassel-free environment for homeless youth and helps them begin the process of moving out of homelessness. Services include access to a hot meal, clothing, personal care items, shower and laundry facilities, a place to rest and a Social Worker to assist youth in developing a plan for their future. Support services are also provided at the Drop-in Center. The services address a variety of needs including access to shelter, housing referrals, mental health and health services, and education. The Center is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm.
Walk a Day in Their Shoes: Project HOPE needs your help in meeting the needs of young people from head to toe. Shoes are expensive and new shoe donations are rare. Do you have any new shoes in your closet that are looking for some feet? Help us put shoes on the feet of homeless youth by donating new shoes or donating gift cards we can use in local stores.
"I was broke, hungry, and homeless. When I walked into Project HOPE, my life began to change for the better." -AJ, Program Participant
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