Street Outreach Program
The Street Outreach Program is the newest component of the HOST Youth & Family Program having begun operations in February 2011. It is designed to help youth living on the streets with the overall intent of linking them with support services, assessing them for needs, and referring them to appropriate resources.
Our outreach staff go out into the community to connect with homeless youth, Monday through Friday from 4 pm - 8 pm, where they typically congregate in downtown Salem. The program provides street-based outreach to homeless youth ages 11-24 distributing snacks, water, hygiene items, socks, first aid items, access to medical care, other basic supplies, as well as information on safety and available services.
At the very core of the program staff develop trust with youth for access into the program's drop-in-center. The street outreach program offers * Advocacy/Hope * Crisis Intervention * Information & Referral * Basic Emergency Supplies * Healthcare Access.
Rosemary's Place / Emergency Shelter
Youth coming from street outreach gain shelter one night at a time. Those desiring TLP services begin their engagement here. Yough might repeat stays in the Emergency Shelter until they obtain access to a bed in the TLP Main House (Basic Center Shelter) or trailers.
The drop-in-center (Rosemary's Place) is adjacent to HOST's main shelter and is open Sunday - Saturday from 8 pm - 10 pm. We provide an evening meal, showers, telephone and computer access, clothing and overnight shelter. (Access to laundry facilities is underway). Youth may also choose to link to other services including case management, counseling, and life skills training with the ultimate objective of helping youth leave the streets permanently. The drop-in-center provides * Safety * Advocacy and Emergency Supports * Information & Referral (simple case management) * Shelter Referrals * Healthcare enrollment * Emotional Support & Intervention.
Overnight Emergency Shelter is available at (Rosemary's Place) Sunday - Saturday from 10 pm - 8 am. The Emergency Shelter provides homeless youth with * Safety * Overnight Shelter * Emergency Supports * Laundry * Showers * Clothing * Emergency Medical Supports.
If you are interested in helping Northwest Human Services and the HOST Youth & Family Program serve more runaway and homeless youth, please see our "How You Can Help" page.