The National Runaway Safeline estimates that on any given night in the U.S., there are approximately 1.3 million homeless youth living unsupervised on the streets, in abandoned buildings, or other unsafe situations.
About The Coalition
In 1981, three youth service agencies decided to unite in applying for limited federal funding for runaway youth programs. From this collaborative beginning, VCRHYP has grown to include 13 service providers throughout the state of Vermont.
Coalition members are community experts and key resources, providing emergency shelter, food, clothing, crisis stabilization, transitional housing, mental health care, access to community resources, substance abuse assessment and treatment, peer support systems, youth leadership opportunities – and a host of other services designed to aid in the healthy development of youth. Each Coalition member is part of a closely-knit team that comes together regularly, where the wisdom and experience of all members are recognized as our greatest asset.
VCRHYP staff provide key supports that free Coalition agencies to focus on the work of delivering services to youth and families in Vermont communities. We secure funding that ensures adequate services are available in every region of Vermont, advocate to the State and Federal governments for continued funding to meet the needs of Vermont youth, ensure best practices among youth work professionals, and create specific benchmarks and outcomes that assess progress and measure successes.
VCRHYP is a Coalition in action, as well as in name. Our Board of Directors is made up of leaders from each member agency. The Board works together to make the crucial decisions that improve youth supports throughout Vermont.
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