We’re here to help youth
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.
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.
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. <
Our Housing Placement Coordinator is working to build landlord relationships throughout Stanislaus County to increase housing options for youth experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
With the opening of the Youth Navigation Center, Center for Human Services has created two new permanent housing options for transitional aged youth. Housing will be filled utilizing the Stanislaus County Coordinated Entry list in keeping with Housing First principles.
- Pine Meadows:Two bedroom furnished 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.
- Thompson Place: Individual leases for furnished bedrooms in a home with shared living space. Up to 8 youth can be housed at Thompson Place at a time. Youth who sign a lease at Thompson Place will be provided housing case management services.
Outreach and Navigation
Our Youth Street Outreach works in Stanislaus County to find and engage youth experiencing homelessness with the goal of shelter and permanent housing.
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
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.