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Ground Broken On New Shelter For Homeless Young People In New Haven - New Haven Register

Ben Lambert


NEW HAVEN — Young homeless people in the city soon will have a new place to seek shelter and aid in their time of need, as officials and representatives of Y2Y and Youth Continuum symbolically broke ground on construction of a facility on Grand Avenue.

According to the New Haven Independent, the facility at 924 Grand Ave. will offer 20 beds for homeless young adults between 18 and 24, providing them with a place to stay for 60 to 90 days at a time.

“The Y2Y New Haven Project is yet another step along the path of trying to meet the state’s goal to end homelessness, and we believe that this project will make New Haven the first city in Connecticut to end youth homelessness. By expanding our... housing program, we can end the waiting list for youth experiencing homelessness in greater New Haven,” said Paul Kosowsky, CEO of Youth Continuum, during a Tuesday press conference.

Kosowsky said more than 500 young people in the area experienced homelessness last year.

Y2Y New Haven is a “joint initiative of youth and staff from Youth Continuum, student leaders from across New Haven, and Y2Y Network,” according to its website.

The initiative hopes to eventually provide a “one-stop shop” for homeless youth to receive help in a “safe and trusted environment,” Kosowsky said, including short-term housing, medical and behavioral care and educational resources.

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