Our SafeShelter Emergency Teen Shelter

The SafeShelter Program is state-licensed and offers a temporary short-term emergency shelter for up to 21 days to homeless or runaway youth in crisis, ages 11-17.  Youth must meet eligibility requirements and all placements are voluntary for the youth and, except under rare circumstances, require parent permission.  

Youth stay with a local certified and trained Host Home family and the immediate needs of food, sleep, shelter, hygiene, and safety are addressed first.  

During the time in shelter, youth will receive family and individual counseling, educational assistance and other essential services as needed from a wide variety of service providers in the county.  A SafeShelter case manager, coordinating with the youth’s family whenever possible, will work alongside youth to identify and address current challenges, with a safe and stable living situation for the youth as the goal.  

Reunification of runaways with family, while providing essential basic needs and services for homeless youth in an effort to stabilize their housing situation, is the goal of SafeShelter’s short term emergency shelter program.  

Are you interested in becoming a Host Family for us?  We are recruiting and would love to talk to you about SafeShelter.  Contact the program at (503) 538-8023.