LifeWorks breaks cycles of instability by providing the support and services youth experiencing homelessness need to thrive.
Ending youth homelessness means that we have built a community system that ensures that youth homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring.
LifeWorks donors funded programs that helped reduce youth homelessness in Austin by 25% in 2018.
Youth experiencing homelessness don't necessarily have access to adequate sanitation practices.
Help us end youth homelessness by the end of 2020
Reaching our goal of $4.9 Million will eliminate youth homelessness in Austin and prevent it for years to come.
Your donation funds one of the most comprehensive housing and support programs for vulnerable youth in the country, including:
Housing in Austin is in high demand, and while it's an important barrier young people affected by homelessness must overcome, it's only a single part of their journey. LifeWorks provides housing along with other services and programming that youth experiencing homelessness need to live independently and self‑sufficiently.
LifeWorks was awarded a national grant that supports transition-aged youth with diagnosed mental health conditions. This grant helps expand our workforce and community-based counseling services, and provides crucial support for youth working toward self-sufficiency.
Of the 140 clients in our workforce program in 2019, 93% retained a job for over 30 days, while 54% retained a job over 180 days. The average hourly starting wage for a LifeWorks client enrolled in our education and workforce program – $11.32 – is high above the national minimum wage.
Our campaign is part of a nationwide movement to make youth homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.
A national initiative to build the movement to prevent and end homelessness among young people. In 2016, LifeWorks joined A Way Home America's 100 Day Challenge to house 50 youth in 100 days and succeeded.
The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project (YHDP) is an initiative designed to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness. In 2017, LifeWorks was awarded the YHDP grant by HUD.
LifeWorks is part of a formal collaboration between Caritas of Austin, Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO), and SAFE Alliance to collectively end youth homelessness in Austin.