The Department of Human Services funds several organizations to provide emergency, transitional and permanent housing for sexually exploited youth. These organizations work with the Regional Navigators and other community partners to safely house sexually exploited youth and address their unique housing needs. Shelter and housing are designed with:
- On-site supportive services
- Appropriate security
- Assistance from survivors of sex trafficking
- Collaboration with law enforcement and juvenile justice systems.
Metro area specialized outreach, and Metro area and statewide training to youth outreach workers is provided through Lutheran Social Service StreetWorks.
The following agencies are hosting shelter and housing for sexually exploited youth:
- The Link – Passageways Shelter and Housing Program: Passageways Shelter and Housing Program provides emergency shelter beds for youth ages 13 to 17 and housing for youth ages 16 to 24 who have been victims of sex trafficking.
Passageways is inclusive of all gender identities and can serve parenting youth with one child. The Passageways program also provides a variety of on-site services specific to sexual exploitation that include case management, mental health therapy, education programming, life skills training, a survivor mentor program, health care services and positive youth development activities.
- 180 Degrees – Brittany’s Place: A Safe and Sound Shelter for Girls: Brittany’s Place is a gender-specific supportive housing program for females ages 12 to 21 who have experienced sexual exploitation and/or trafficking. This shelter is a 14-bed facility offering short-term shelter, and long-term residential housing in a safe and healing environment. Our culturally responsive programming focuses on increasing self-esteem, education on sexual violence, safety techniques, self-confidence, living skills, de-programming and other therapeutic services. It is our goal to reduce violence incidents, encourage young women to be the masters of their own destiny, and to educate the community on the seriousness and reality of this epidemic. Through partnerships with organizations like Midwest Children’s Resource Center (MCRC), 180 staff will assist girls served to secure longer-term housing while continuing to provide holistic/supportive services.
- Tubman: In addition to existing emergency shelter and community support for young victims, Tubman began offering transitional housing and services to 16 and 17 year olds and their children (if parenting) in March of 2016. This program offers individual and group support as well as resources to help with safety, basic needs, school, parenting, legal, financial, spiritual, social, emotional, recreational, leadership, career and other self-identified goals.
Heartland Girls Ranch: Heartland Girls’ Ranch is a working ranch and group home licensed by the Department of Corrections for girls ages 12 to 21 that provides housing, supportive services, mental health and chemical dependency support, equine therapy, and a dedicated school for girls who have been sexually exploited/trafficked.
Heartland Girl’s Ranch is a gender-specific supportive housing program for females ages 12-21 who have experienced sexual exploitation and/or trafficking.
Life House: Life House Safe Harbor Program provides a continuum of care for underage male, female, and gender non-conforming victims of commercially sexually exploited youth. Life house provides two shelter beds for sexually exploited or trafficked youth ages 15 to 19 of all genders, and transitional housing program for youth ages 15 to 20 years old of all genders.
Both programs offer immediate access to emergency needs, 24 hour supportive supervision and comprehensive case management services in education and employment, trauma informed therapy, substance abuse counselling and more.
- Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota: Saving Grace, located in the Brainerd Lakes Area, offers outreach and specialized foster care program for victims of sex trafficking up through the age of 24. Youth will receive intensive case management by a trained case manager to ensure their needs are being addressed while having a safe home environment in a specialized foster home. Foster parents will be trained in Trauma Informed Care principles as well as training regarding Sex Trafficking and the Safe Harbor/No Wrong Door Model. Youth can be referred 24/7 via Youth Services Hotline: 1-866-824-3770. Outreach services will include outreach to at-risk youth and professionals who may come in contact with potential trafficking victims. Saving Grace is currently being developed and anticipates being open January 1, 2016.
Evergreen Youth & Family Services: Evergreen hosts scattered-site housing and supportive services for exploited or trafficked youth ages 17 to 24 of all genders.
North Homes Children and Family Services: Provides gender-specific supportive housing program for females ages 16-18 who have experienced sexual exploitation and/or trafficking.
Terebinth Refuge: Offers gender-specific programming through shelter, housing and services to sexually exploited or trafficked females age 18 and over and their children.