The LINK Services for Youth
On any given night, 60 to 100 youth are experiencing homelessness in the Rochester and Southeastern Minnesota area. Since 2012, LSS has served youth who are, or are at risk of, experiencing homelessness through the Living Independently with Knowledge (LINK) program.
The LINK provides a safe environment where youth ages 16-24 can receive nonjudgmental assistance from caring and trustworthy adults who are knowledgeable in overcoming the barriers of homelessness.
We offer a wide range of services, training and tools to support youth in becoming productive, healthy and independent adults. We assist young people in meeting basic needs by providing food, clothing and information on how to access short-term shelter.
Support is tailored to fit each person’s needs and can include case management, life-skills classes, host homes for youth, transitional housing services, and peer support group activities and employment support. Financial assistance for rent and/or a rental deposit may also be available for youth who meet eligibility requirements.
The LINK Services
Independent Living Program
Peer Support Group
Monthly group activities for youth participating in LINK programs to have fun and connect with others.
Life Skills Group
Helps youth build positive friendships, gain confidence and learn skills to successfully live on their own.
LINK Transitional Living
Support and assistance for young adults as they transition to living independently in their own home or apartment.
Host Homes for Youth
Youth who are in need of a safe place to stay are matched with caring adults who can provide safe, short-term housing.
Rochester Youth Street Outreach
Confidential, nonjudgmental support and assistance for youth who have run away from home or are without a stable place.
Helps prevent youth from falling prey to human traffickers.