** For immediate release **
January 2, 2020
St. Paul, Minnesota
Services for homeless young adults are taking on a new look.
Beginning in January, 2020 180 Degrees and non-profit Onward Eden Prairie will begin a new partnership providing housing and case management services for adults, ages 18-22 who are homeless or at risk for homelessness.
"This partnership brings together expertise from two organizations to address the growing need for housing for young adults in crisis," said Dan Pfarr, CEO of 180 Degrees.
Volunteer-led Onward Eden Prairie, launched in October 2017, identified the need for services in Eden Prairie for young adults who were transitioning out of homeless, foster care, or at risk for homelessness. The founders included a collaboration of community, social service, faith-based, and government organizations. Onward Eden Prairie secured and now maintains a fully-furnished single family home which houses up to four adults in independent units.
With the partnership, 180 Degrees will provide all programming and staffing, drawing on the agency's 50-year history providing trauma-informed, strength-based, culturally-relevant care.
Residents at the home will have access to strength-base support groups, case management services, and connections to community resources.
"Our goal is to empower these young adults to attain long-term stability in housing, education, and employment, " said Pfarr. "Employing the resources of two organizations to address homelessness will increase our responsiveness to the needs in the community."