Homeless Youth

For Runaway Youth:

If your child (ages 17 and under) has run away from home, and you need crisis intervention or family mediation and reunification services, please call 503.233.8111. Assistance is available on a 24 hour basis.

For Youth Seeking Homeless Services & Assistance:
If you are homeless and under the age of 25 needing shelter, safety off the streets, or other crisis services, please contact 503.432.3986 on a 24 hour basis.

The Homeless Youth System focuses services and supports for youth ages 15-23 years.  Services are intended to be a late stage intervention and are available to those most affected by continued homelessness. The four agencies making up the Continuum include Janus Youth Programs, Native American Youth and Family Center, New Avenues for Youth & Outside In.

The primary goals of the Continuum are to meet the  basic safety and developmental needs of homeless youth in Multnomah County.   This is accomplished through a coordinated system of supports and services that seek to connect youth to the larger community. Success is measured using the evidence based practices of Positive Youth Development. 

The system is designed to serve approximately 1000 youth annually.   

County-Funded Services

Safety Services:  24 hour immediate access, crisis services, basic needs services, shelter, and engagement opportunities.

Assertive Engagement:  Providing access, eligibility, assessment, transition planning and support.   Teams are multi-disciplinary, multi-agency, relationship focused, mobile and operate throughout Multnomah County.  Linkage to education, employment, health services, mental health, and alcohol/drug services is provided through the AE teams.

Housing: Site based and scattered site options focus on moving youth to independence.