ST. CLOUD -- Homeless teens in central Minnesota will soon have a place to call home. Catholic Charities in St. Cloud will be opening their new Youth House on May 19th.

It's a place where homeless teens can stay for up to 24 months depending on their situation and needs. The home will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Stacy Pederson says the organization hopes to teach the teens how to live independently.

The teens will learn how to manage a budget, buy groceries, cook,and search for a job.

The tenants will be expected to find a job and attend school. Eventually they will be responsible for paying rent. A portion of their rent will be put into a savings account that will be given back to the them when they leave the Youth House.

The facility contains seven bedrooms, a full kitchen, three bathrooms, a living space, a laundry room, a technology room and a staff office area.

Teens must meet a set of criteria in order to qualify to live at the home. Pederson says there are four tenants who are ready to move in on May 19th. Eventually, Catholic Charities hopes to house up to 13 teenagers at a time.

The location of the Youth House will remain anonymous for privacy reasons.

 

Ashli Gerdes, WJON News
Ashli Gerdes, WJON News
Ashli Gerdes, WJON News
Ashli Gerdes, WJON News