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Brighton Center Wins Grant to Help Homeless Youth

Brighton Center won a federal grant valued at $142,405 to provide street outreach services in Northern Kentucky.

The Newport-based agency says the money, won competitively through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, will provide aggressive street-based services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at risk of being subjected to, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, and severe forms of trafficking.

The effort will include outreach, prevention, individualized assessment, service linkages, case planning, and follow-up for youth under 22 years of age.

The program will be located at Brighton Center's Homeward Bound shelter at 13 East 20th Street in Covington.

Brighton Center, in a news release, said Covington has the second-highest number of homeless youth in the state.

The ultimate goal is to provide street-based services to runaway, homeless, and street youth, to keep youth safe and help them leave the streets. Staff will utilize positive youth development and trauma-informed care to help youth consider safe lifestyle options, to obtain a safe and appropriate alternative living arrangement, and make a successful transition to adulthood, a news release said.

Street outreach will provide support services during the three-year project period and will assist 250 youth per year (750 in three years) and inform 1,800 individuals per year (5,400 in three years) about Brighton Center’s comprehensive array of services.

The program will also provide harm reduction services such as survival kits to meet basic needs and services related to education, referrals, case management and shelter for youth to reduce adverse health, social and economic consequences of high risk behavior. Youth will receive assistance for drug and alcohol dependency, safety from sexual abuse and/or exploitation, opportunities and support to complete high school or earn a general equivalency diploma, learn job skills, and obtain employment.  

Brighton Center is the only agency in Kentucky to receive this highly competitive federal grant.

-Staff report