For many years Youth Continuum has provided the only street outreach for homeless teens in New Haven.  Unfortunately, their number keeps growing in the current economy.  Our outreach workers visit local neighborhoods, schools and other sites frequented by teens, offering information and help.  As a result, young people come to our Grand Avenue building every day for help finding a job, for a hot meal or a shower, for toiletries and diapers, or for helping hand of a caring adult.  If we can, we accommodate them in our temporary shelter, in our transitional living or independent apartments or in some other safe setting.  Until they are safely housed, we offer them counseling and case management and all of the resources of the MacMullen Center. 

Street Outreach at Youth Continuum serves runaway and homeless youth within New Haven’s most impoverished neighborhoods and helps link these youth to services within our organization and in the community. Youth Continuum is the most extensive homeless youth-serving program in the area, annually helping over 1,000 teenagers and youth adults, including youth parents and their children.

Street Outreach


Safe Place


Another important component of

our work with homeless and at-risk

youth is our Safe Place program.  It is

part of a national model of outreach

to teenagers who are homeless.  In cooperation with the City of New Haven and local businesses, we have a network of Safe Place locations:  youth-friendly businesses, schools, fire stations, libraries, and other appropriate public buildings that display a distinctive yellow and black Safe Place sign.  Young people who are homeless can come into any of these buildings and speak in confidence with an employee who is trained by us.  The employee will contact us, and we will bring the teenager to our drop-in center. For more information on how to become a Safe Place location, visit our Safe Place page>>