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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. Learn more.

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. Pathways is filled utilizing the Stanislaus County Coordinated Entry List.

    Thompson Place – Transitional Housing

    Thompson Place is a new privately funded transitional housing project that will serve parenting youth experiencing homelessness.  Youth housed at Thompson Place will receive in depth case management and support from the Center for Human Services community wide 2Gen Program.  Thompson Place will be filled utilizing the Stanislaus County Coordinated Entry List.

    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

    Pine Meadows – 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.

    Project Homekey – Center for Human Services’ worked in partnership with the City of Modesto to secure Project Homekey Funding.  With the support of City of Modesto, CHS has purchased and is rehabbing an office building in downtown Modesto to create additional one bedroom and studio apartments to be utilized as permanent housing for youth experiencing homelessness.  This project is slated to be completed in Winter of 2022, increasing housing opportunities for youth experiencing homelessness in our community.


    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 partners 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. If you or a youth you know have lived experience and are between the ages of 16-25 and would like to participate, please contact the YNC at 209-526-1441.


    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

    Get Help Now

    Our Helpline is available 24/7

    (209) 526-1441