Youth Homeless Demonstration Project
In August 2019, Clackamas County was one of 23 communities across the country to be awarded funds through the Department of Urban Development’s Youth Homeless Demonstration Project (YHDP) with the purpose of preventing and ending homelessness for unaccompanied youth and young adults. Parrott Creek and True Housing participated in a year-long cross-system collaboration to design a county-wide plan.
In July 2020, funding was approved for DevNW as the lead partner supported by Parrott Creek, True Housing, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and Clackamas Workforce Partnership among others.
In 2021 Parrott Creek and True Housing began providing intensive case management and behavioral health support, Transitional Housing and Rapid Re-Housing to homeless young adults aged 18-24. We are using our experience working in the YHDP partnership to expand our homeless youth services.
The collaborative approach works to ensure youth and young adults:
- Have access to equitable, youth driven, timely, low barrier and culturally appropriate housing options and support services;
- Are empowered, that their voices are heard, rights are respected, needs are met and experiences validated; and
- Have a range of services available, including employment and educational resources, and positive youth connections that contribute to social and emotional well-being.
Parrott Creek understands that Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), immigrant populations and LGBTQI youth and families continue to face barriers to housing access and supported services at rates disproportionately higher than their white counterparts. We’re excited to have a new grant supporting a BIPOC Housing Navigator to provide integrated case planning and systems alignment for Child Welfare families through housing and support services, with an emphasis on removing barriers for underserved community members.