Every year, 300-400 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 that long-lasting cycles of homelessness rise quickly when students are unable to find safe places accessible to their schools and local support systems. Tiredness, desperation, and lack of acceptable alternatives within communities 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 have received licensing from the state of Minnesota to begin offering temporary emergency lodging spaces within facilities operated by local 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 has recently introduced a state-licensed temporary lodging program that can be offered by individual communities seeking to address the lodging needs of high school students facing home loss. By immediately responding to home displacement crises with safe nearby places to stay, SafeNights’ goal is to help students maintain stability in their daily lives, giving local agencies more time to focus on arranging sustainable lodging solutions.

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