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Freeport West launching new housing initiative supporting teen mothers

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Freeport West , a 39-year-old nonprofit providing services to at-risk, runaway and homeless youth,  recently announced that in partnership with Freeport Saint Paul Youth Center, it will now offer secured housing in Saint Paul.  The house dedicated to assisting parenting youth and those impacted by domestic violence is made possible by the City of Saint Paul and the United Way.

The house is dedicated to helping youth who are identified as homeless, parenting between the ages of 16-21, victims of domestic violence and currently reside in Saint Paul.  This new initiative is designed to help parenting youth eliminate homelessness and prepare them for permanent housing, achieve self-sufficiency, promote independence while maintaining a sense of safety, prepare youth for tenancy rights and responsibilities, and assist in the development and capability to nurture and care for their children.

Freeport West is a multifaceted, community-based human services organization offering a wide range of hands-on assistance, (e.g. housing, life skills education, counseling, in-home parenting training, assessment, advocacy) as well as collaboration for access to additional services.  Its focus is on attaining positive outcomes for youth (and families), and strengthening (inherent) community supports which will sustain their efforts.  

Freeport also administrates and coordinates the StreetWorks program, founded in 1994, which brings together 12 local youth-serving agencies to provide coordinated street-based outreach to runaway and homeless youth ages 12-21.  In 2008, Freeport expanded its services to a Saint Paul site to better serve the at-risk African American youth that were not finding or using the services they needed.  

For more information on Freeport West or the programs and services it provides please call (612) 824-3040 or visit www.freeportwest.org.
 

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