Blueprint

HRDC opened Blueprint a homeless youth home in November, 2015. We created a safe and healthy living environment for our community’s homeless youth, ages 17-20. We believe in providing a place for emerging adults to grow and thrive. We work with youth on developing weekly goals and have our youth assist in creating our service structure. It is important for us to truly listen to what our youth have to say and tune in to their passions.

Blueprint’s Style:

Create a paradigm shift about homeless youth that encourages organizations, schools, and our community to focus on providing the basic supports and opportunities needed to promote optimal mental and physical health. We are grateful to our community partners that make providing wrap-around support possible.

How do we make our style happen:
1. Access to emotional and physically safe environments (HRDC Youth Home)
2. Create consistent healthy relationships, both peer and with adults
3. Opportunities to participate (decision making power)
4. Opportunities to contribute and know the community
5. Opportunities to build skills in engaging and challenging ways

Application and Pathway Downloads:

*Blueprint Pathways Document
*Blueprint Application

*Please contact Jeremy Alcoke or Jackie Haines for more information on the program and referral process. 

Myths about youth homelessness:

Myth – Homeless youth chose to live on the streets.

  • Fact – Many homeless youth leave home after years of physical abuse, sexual abuse, strained relationships, addiction of a family member, and parental neglect. Disruptive family conditions are the main reasons youth become homeless.
  • Nationally, 20-40% of homeless youth identify as LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, and TRANSGENDER OR QUESTIONING.

Myth – We do not have homeless youth within our community.

  • Fact – Last year there were over 100 hundred youth in the Bozeman school district, K-12, that experienced homelessness. In 2015, 40% of HRDC Youth Development participants experienced homelessness. Homeless youth sleep in cars or couch surf, which is living on a friend’s or relative’s couch. Frequently, their parents are homeless or their home situation is abusive.
  • Nationally, one in every 30 children experience homelessness (National Center on Family Homelessness)

References:

National Center of Family Homelessness. (2014). American Institutes for Research. Retrieved from http://www.air.org/center/national-center-family-homelessness