Auberle’s New Rapid Re-Housing Program Aims to Combat Youth Homelessness

What: Auberle’s “At Home” rapid re-housing program was launched on July 1, 2017. Made possible through a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, “At Home” helps homeless youth aged 18-24 find safe and affordable housing through case management, educational and vocational training, life skills training, and time-limited rental assistance. “At Home” partners with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services and operates out of Auberle’s 412 Youth Zone, a drop-in center for at-risk youth located in downtown Pittsburgh.

In its initial month of operation, “At Home” obtained housing for three of its seven clients. At this rate, the program is well-poised to meet or surpass its goal of obtaining permanent housing for 85% of clients from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Why: In 2010, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness issued a goal of eliminating homelessness for families, youth and children by 2020. In response, rapid re-housing was introduced as a way to quickly place homeless individuals into permanent housing, eliminating traditional steps such as transitional housing and income/employment requirements. In 2014, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services released a report citing rapid re-housing as a viable option for decreasing youth homelessness. As a result, Auberle and other social service organizations consolidated efforts to better serve Allegheny County’s homeless youth. As part of this effort, “At Home” offers unique, individually-customized case management to each client anywhere from nine months to two years.

Where: Auberle’s 412 Youth Zone, 304 Wood Street, 5th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Information: For more details, contact Aisling McIntyre, Auberle’s Housing Resource Coordinator, at 412-855-1157.

About Auberle:

Since 1952, Auberle has been dedicated to community, strong families and successful youth. Auberle serves over 3,400 at-risk children and families annually in eight counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. Today, we offer 16 programs including preventative and community-based services, with about 60% of our clients served in their home, school or in their community. Auberle’s services include residential care, foster care, emergency shelter,…

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