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What We Do

The Youth Navigation Center (YNC) provides shelter, housing and comprehensive drop-in services to any youth or young adults in Stanislaus County between the ages of 13-24, experiencing crisis, housing instability and/or homelessness.


Hutton House (Ages 13-17)

A 24/7, temporary emergency shelter with overnight and drop-in services for youth who have runaway and youth in crisis or experiencing homelessness, ages 13-17.

Low Barrier Shelter (Ages 18-24)

A 24-bed facility that provides emergency shelter for young adults ages 18-24 who are experiencing or may experience homelessness. Young people can access shelter with minimal barriers.  Partners, pets, and possessions are welcome.

    Drop-in Services

    (Ages 18-25)

    Telecare Drop In Center

    Facilitated groups, peer support groups, one on one emotional support, referrals to resources, computer access, board games, arts and crafts, table games, recreational activities, and field trips.


    We know that we can’t end youth homelessness without housing options.  Our Housing Services programs assist youth in obtaining and sustaining permanent housing.

    Pathways – Transitional Housing

    Pathways, our transitional housing program, offers comprehensive support to young adults as they await permanent housing.  Services include linkage to counseling services, life skills training, navigation services, and more.  We provide a stable and supportive platform to help young adults take meaningful steps toward independence.

    Housing Case Management

    Our Housing Case Managers work with youth who are in permanent housing to build skills and support systems to remain housed.  Services include concrete support, life skills training, employment and education services, resource linkage, and more.  <

    Landlord Engagement

    Our Housing Placement Coordinator is working to build landlord relationships throughout Stanislaus County to increase housing options for youth experiencing homelessness or housing instability.

    Permanent Housing

    With the opening of the Youth Navigation Center, Center for Human Services has created a new permanent housing option for transitional aged youth. Pine Meadows apartments are furnished, two bedroom apartments with individual leases per bedroom.  Youth will be matched with a roommate and will share a living space.  Youth who sign a lease at Pine Meadows in CHS housing will  be provided housing case management services. Housing will be filled utilizing the Stanislaus County Coordinated Entry list in keeping with Housing First principles.


    Outreach and Navigation

    Street Outreach

    Our Youth Street Outreach works in Stanislaus County to find and engage youth experiencing homelessness with the goal of shelter and permanent housing.

    Navigation Services

    Our Navigators do a combination of street outreach and “navigating”. They help youth navigate the areas they need support in: housing, education, employment, counseling, substance use treatment, and more.

    Counseling and Case Management

    Community-based case management for youth at risk of homelessness

    Family engagement and support for parents and caregivers

    Mental health and substance use counseling

    Education and Employment

    Project YES

    The YNC will partner with Project YES to provide on site youth employment services.

    Youth Advisory Group

    The YNC is guided by our Youth Advisory Group.  Youth give feedback and take part in program planning and evaluation to help guide the YNC.


    By uniting the passion and commitment of our partners, community members, financial supporters and staff, we create sustainable solutions that allow us to continue changing lives, building futures, and helping families.

    – CINDY DUENAS, Executive Director, Center for Human Services

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    Our Helpline is available 24/7

    (209) 526-1441