The Native American Youth and Family Center is part of the Homeless Youth Continuum in Multnomah County. We work with youth, ages 16 to 24, experiencing homelessness and housing instability.
Unaccompanied youth ages 16–24 years old who are experiencing homelessness in Multnomah County should contact our program. Homeless youth services advocates will meet with youth interested in services either here at NAYA or out in the community. Anyone is welcome to come during our drop-in hours Monday–Thursday from 3–5 p.m. to complete a screening or to learn about our services.
The goal of the Homeless Youth Program is to provide stable supports around housing and other basic human needs like food, hygiene, childcare, and connection to culture. Our youth development advocates are trained in trauma-informed care and understand the unique circumstances that lead to homelessness within the Native community. Following NAYA’s wraparound service model, the Homeless Youth Program works with clients to develop their plans to meet long-term goals included employment, education, and healing from domestic violence, substance abuse, and systemic traumas. We believe culture is healing.
We are a highly mobile staff that can meet your needs by connecting you with:
• Culturally appropriate services
• Intensive case management
• The local Native community or other cultural communities
• Neighborhood resources and community mentors
• Cultural identity; personal & social development
• Mental health and alcohol/drug services
• Educational & employment support services
• On-site clothing closet and food pantry
• On-site and mobile screening for shelter services and other safety services