A new shelter in Brooklyn Park, Minn. is looking to help tackle youth homelessness in the northwest suburbs.
It took about a year and a half of raising money, construction, and building community trust for the only youth homeless shelter in this area to come to fruition. It confronts a problem that's unfortunately not going away.
When you listen to Alisha's story, you start to understand why young people like her run away from home and choose to be homeless.
She has been homeless on and off since age 18. Her mother a drug dealer, she says she grew up in a chaotic home.
Alisha found YouthLink in downtown Minneapolis, the homeless shelter that's helped her get back on her feet.
The research shows there are more than 4,000 homeless youth in Minnesota and there just aren't enough places specifically meeting their unique needs in the metro, especially in the suburbs. That's why a brand new, 5,000-square-foot house on 76th Street in Brooklyn Park is nearly ready to serve the northwest metro.
It has two spacious floors, multiple bedrooms and round the clock staff to help up to 12 homeless youth at a time.
Deb Loon is the Executive Director of Avenues for Homeless Youth and already has experience running another teen shelter in Minneapolis, but she says getting to this point, was a community effort: The city donated $1 million dollars to build the house.