Every year, several hundred high school students across the Twin Cities find themselves without a safe place for the night. Because emergency shelters are too often full, intimidating, or inaccessible to their schools, 1 in 8 will spend nights on the street — prey to drug commerce and sexual coercion.

Student Homelessness

Although home displacement among minors is often temporary, risks of long-lasting homelessness rise when students are unable to find safe places accessible to their schools and local support systems. Tiredness, desperation, and lack of acceptable alternatives lead youth to live in unsafe or compromised situations.

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The Shelter Gap

Incidents of student home loss tend to be sporadic, short-lived, and widely dispersed geographically across metro areas. As a result, emergency shelters are often impractical to operate permanently in neighborhoods outside of densely populated downtown areas. In the suburbs, student needs for nearby shelter often go unmet.

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New Alternatives

We are licensing a new system for setting up and staffing temporary lodging spaces within facilities operated by local churches and worship communities. Our goal is to ensure that students in crisis can be immediately offered safe places to stay in their own communities, preempting their need to make unsafe temporary living choices.

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SafeNights is licensing a program to help individual communities offer local, on-demand shelter programs for high school students in their districts. By assuring them safe lodging that is nearby to their schools, our goal is to help students maintain stable elements in their lives, preserve privacy, and build resiliency during the onset of crises.

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