The Center for Changing Lives Duluth serves young people from all walks of life. What they all have in common is that they need a place to call home.
Youth experiencing homelessness may come from a wide range of situations, including:
- A background of low income/poverty.
- A background of abuse, including sexual abuse.
- Parents with a history of chemical abuse or dependency.
The Center for Changing Lives will:
- Increase the number of youth-focused housing units in Duluth by more than 300 percent.
- Serve as a hub for all LSS services for youth who are at-risk or experiencing homelessness and allow staff to work holistically with each young person, coordinate care, streamline work processes and share information, resources and ideas.
- Help bring youth issues out of invisibility and shift our perception of at-risk and homeless young people.
- Have a significant impact on the Duluth community. According to research conducted by the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in 2012, young people experience an $11,543 increase in annual wages in their first year after leaving homelessness. A high school graduate’s lifetime earnings are $476,000 higher than a dropout’s. Society receives a return of more than 4:1 for every dollar invested in supportive services for youth experiencing homelessness.