- Group & Individual
- No provider requirements
Type of Experience Addressed:
- Child Abuse
- Community Violence
- Domestic Violence
- Sexual Abuse
- Other Types of Experiences Addressed
- Other Engagement Methods (see Program Details)
Level of Intervention:
- Greater than 12 weeks
- Community-based Setting
- Other Setting
Type of services provided:
The Streetwork Project, based on a harm reduction philosophy, focuses on building trust and self-esteem to empower youth to change their high-risk behaviors. The program provides counseling, stabilization and case management with an emphasis on enhancing individuality for homeless, street-involved youth. Free services include legal, medical and psychiatric care, long-term counseling, individual and group therapy, advocacy, case management, help in obtaining identification, emergency and transitional housing, GED preparation and support, help in obtaining Medicaid and other benefits, hot meals bag lunches, showers, clothing, wellness activities including acupuncture, yoga, nutritional counseling, HIV prevention counseling, parenting groups, drop-in groups and the opportunity to socialize in a safe, non-judgmental setting.
All clients are assigned a primary counselor who assists them in accessing services and obtaining referrals as needed. Clients received two counseling days weekly.
Drop-in center, day treatment settings
Length of program/number of sessions:
Type(s) of trauma/concerns addressed:
Youth homelessness, multiple types of trauma experienced by homeless and street-involved youth including community violence, gang violence, domestic violence, teen relationship abuse, homicide, child abuse, bias crimes, terrorism
Education level of providers:
This intervention reaches out to homeless and street-involved youth with recognition of the high likelihood of multiple traumas including domestic violence. The Streetwork Project’s harm reduction philosophy provides a holistic approach that addresses the needs and realities of these youth with a wide range of services that go beyond the usual clinical response to trauma.
- 13-17 (Adolescent)
- 18-25 (Young Adult)
Ethnic Racial Group:
- Unspecified Ethnic Racial Group
Age range of children served:
13 to 23 years of age
Are parent/adult caregiver(s) included in intervention?
Ethnic/racial and other groups served:
Streetwork has served a wide variety of religious groups as well as LGBT youth. While implemented in an urban area (New York City), it is a flexible model that could be adapted to other regions.
Specific cultural adaptations:
Languages that service/resource is available:
Goals of the program/services:
- Reaching out to homeless and disenfranchised youth and offering them respite from hunger, cold, loneliness and fear.
Has there been any evaluation?
Extensive process evaluation system
Key evaluation results:
Is there an evaluation currently in progress or planned?
An outcome evaluation program is being implemented to measure change in levels of stability, access to services, housing problems, safer sex practices, drug use and financial problems
Publications about the program:
Rated/Reviewed by Evidence Based Registries:
The National Traumatic Stress Network Treatments and Practices, Trauma Interventions
Training & Resources
Contact Safe Horizons www.safehorizon.org