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Homelessness Prevention for Youth

Pathways Home

Despite a clear understanding of the risk factors that contribute to homelessness, our state’s existing support systems are designed to respond only after a crisis has occurred. Pathways Home supports nonprofit organizations who are working to prevent homelessness among young people in transition, helping them maintain housing and build stable adult lives.
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Investing in Housing Stability

In 2018, the Governor’s Housing Task Force identified two populations that are highly at-risk of homelessness: young people who are exiting foster care, and individuals who are transitioning out of incarceration. People of Color, specifically Black and Indigenous people, are vastly overrepresented in these populations and in our region’s homeless population at large. Pathways Home works in partnership to ensure that young people in these circumstances have a stable and secure place to live.
individuals experience homelessness in Minnesota on any given night
of former foster youth do not have stable housing at age 21
of people released from correctional facilities were released into homelessness in 2021

Our Impact

Pathways Home: A Unique Approach to Housing Stability

Recent data shows that only 52 percent of Minnesota youth who age out of foster care will have stable housing on their 21st birthday, and 44 percent will have experienced incarceration.

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Greater Twin Cities United Way Launches New Housing Initiative

United Way is granting $1.2 million in funding to 11 nonprofit organizations throughout the Greater Twin Cities region, all of whom serve youth who are exiting foster care or transitioning from incarceration.

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“Step Zero” to Opportunity: Why Housing Matters

Housing is “step zero” to thriving in every other aspect of life. Yet, as a community and across the nation, we are facing a housing crisis – for every 100 very low-income renters in Minnesota, there are only 42 affordable homes.
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“Improving the systems that contribute to homelessness can only happen in deep collaboration with the communities that are most impacted. Pathways Home and the leadership of Greater Twin Cities United Way embody the trust-based approach to philanthropy that we aspire to at 3M.”

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Pathways Home is just one part of the work Greater Twin Cities United Way does to develop innovative solutions to the challenges our communities face.
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