To break the cycle of homelessness, youth and young adults need an integrated system of care and safety. Preble Street Teen Services is proud to work with other youth-serving organizations throughout Maine to provide mobile outreach to youth in their community of choice and rapidly resolve episodes of homelessness.
The Preble Street Teen Services Mobile Diversion and Navigation team serves youth and young adults who are:
- currently experiencing homelessness,
- are at imminent risk of becoming homeless, or
- are fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence and have minimal options for support.
Serving a large geographical area in Maine, Preble Street caseworkers provide intensive, short-term services (1-3 months) to rapidly resolve episodes of homelessness, in their community of choice. People receiving diversion or navigation services through Preble Street Teen Services connect to critical resources as needed and also can work with a peer mentor, an individual with lived experience and expertise.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness describes diversion as ‘a client-driven approach; its goal is to help the person or household find safe alternative housing immediately, rather than entering shelter or experiencing unsheltered homelessness. It is intended to ensure that the homelessness experience is as brief as possible, to prevent unsheltered homelessness, and to avert stays in shelter.’
The Preble Street Teen Services Mobile Diversion and Navigation team is able to leverage already-present resources to ensure a streamlined and complementary approach to diversion and outreach work across Maine.
Who is eligible for Mobile Diversion and Navigation Services?
- Youth and young adults ages 12-24
- Meeting the HUD eligibility criteria of homeless under Categories 1, 2, or 4:
- Literal homelessness (currently experiencing homelessness; ex: shelter, streets, place not designed for human habitation)
- Imminent risk of experiencing homelessness (ex: evictions, couch-surfing)
- Actively fleeing or attempting to flee dangerous situations related to violence that has taken place in their home or made them afraid to return home, including lack of other residence and resources or support networks to obtain permanent housing
Location and Geographic Scope: York, Cumberland, Androscoggin, Franklin, Oxford, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Waldo, Knox, Kennebec, and Somerset Counties