What do youth facing homelessness really need?

Our Breakthrough Approach…

for addressing youth homelessness is love. We all need love—and young people who are fending for themselves with no stable place to call home especially need love. Of course they also need a roof, and a diploma, and a job, but what they most need is a caring adult who believes in them and will be there for the long haul. 

And here’s the thing: those caring people are already in their lives. They’re the adults they turn to that first night they can’t sleep at home—their best friend’s mom, their neighbor, the cousin who lets them crash on a basement couch. We believe these relationships have staying power, and we’re catalyzing system change in order to invest in them.


we ask

is it really true that this youth has no one? Learn about our Circle Map exercise.

we listen

to youth describe supportive connections forged with adult hosts. Hear what youth told us.

we honor

both the joys and challenges that adults who host youth face. Hear what hosts have to say.

we pilot

innovative strategies to support informal hosting. Learn about our pilots.

We share

how to help youth build circles of support. See how we share.

We champion

The healing power of relationships!

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CloseKnit is grateful for generous support from donors committed to our vision of loving youth out of homelessness!

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CloseKnit, 1007 West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55411

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