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PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Providing access to stable housing is the first step towards HPD fulfilling its goal of helping to end youth homelessness. HPD provides housing assistance for homeless young ladies between the ages of 18 and 24. Participants receive rental assistance and/or beds when transitioning or to maintain permanent housing.
Shades of Purple Life and Health Skills
HPD offers an array of social services and resources through its Shades of Purple program. Shades of Purple provides health and life skills workshops as well as recreational and educational activities that build self-esteem and assist participants to overcome education and employment barriers. Many of the sessions are outsources to our community partners. Overall, the program is designed to provide participants with the tools and resources to set standards for their lives, make healthy life choices, and become self-sufficient.
Leading Lady Alumni (LLA)
The Leading Ladies Alumni program participants the opportunity to advocate for homeless youth, facilitate workshops, serve as members of a youth advisory council, and become HPD interns.
Linking Ladies Mentorship
The Linking Ladies Mentorship program provides trained volunteers with the opportunity to serve as a support system to participants of HPD. Participants are matched with individual mentors based on compatibility. Mentors work alongside the HPD case manager to assist participants to set goals, help accomplish their objectives and monitor their progress. Mentors are required to complete a background check, attend monthly meetings, and participate in group outings with their mentee.
Outreach teams distribute care packages and information regarding drop-in and emergency shelters that meet the immediate and basic needs of homeless youth. HPD also partners with the city to conduct the annual youth homeless count as the lead agency for the Roseland commuity. Outreach activities also encompass, but are not limited to, attending or coordinating youth homeless community events, participating in speaking engagements and advocacy forums that bring awareness to the plight of homeless youth. In November, HPD hosts an annual toiletry drive and sponsors a youth homeless awareness community event. Outreach efforts also involve developing partnerships with other social service providers and community stakeholders that share an overarching goal of improving the continuity of care for both female and male youth homeless programs.