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  • Homeless Youth Outreach Center

    Agency: YSS

    YOUTH OPPORTUNITY CENTER

    • outreach center for homeless youth, ages 16-22, or through 25 if parenting.
    • Outreach and support services are provided
    • case managers will work with the youth to get them the resources they need. 
    SUPPORTIVE SERVICES:
    • Primary Health Care provides assistance on site during most meals and
    • can transport to the PHC clinic for those needing medical care,
    • provide assistance to youth who age out of foster care and
    • short term child care assistance for homeless families while they secure employment and housing.
    Ames and Boone
    • Transitional Living Program (TLP): Single individuals ages 16 -21
    • Rapid Rehousing: Single individuals ages 18 -24
    • Human Trafficking Rapid Rehousing: Survivors ages 18-24
    Des Moines- Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (IHYC)
    • Lighthouse: Families ages 16 -24
    • Rapid Rehousing: Single individuals or families ages 18 -24
    • Tenant-Based Rental Assistance: Single individuals or families ages 18 -24 based on income
    Marshalltown
    • Transitional Living Program (TLP): Single individuals ages 16 -21
    • Rapid Rehousing: Single individuals or families ages 18 -24



    • Iowa Homeless Youth Centers
      Light House : (515) 288-7884
      Texting only: (515) 249-1443
      Fax: (515) 883-2384
      Answered 24/7: (515) 883-2379
      612 Locust Street
      Des Moines, IA 50309
      Directions



    Agency: YSS

    Languages Available: English

    Fees: None

    Intake: Call or walk-in for services

    Eligibility: Youth in the Polk County area (16-21, through 25 if parenting)

    Documents Required: None

    Hours: Drop in Center Mon-Fri 10 am-6 pm, emergency program Mon-Sun 24 hours

    Areas Served:
    • Polk County




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