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21 November 2015

Delivering an Emergency Shelter for St. Louis Youth In Need

HOK’s St. Louis office partnered with nonprofit Youth In Need as part of the HOK 24 / SIXTY initiative to give back to local communities with pro bono design services.

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Youth In Need is dedicated to building positive futures for children, youth and families in eastern Missouri by building on an individual’s strength to help them realize and reach their full potential.

The St. Louis team collaborated with the organization to select, plan and renovate space in north St. Louis County for a new 20,000-sq.-ft. facility that will serve at-risk youth, aged 16 to 21, experiencing homelessness. Youth In Need intends to provide transitional housing for up to 30 young people, including those pregnant and parenting.

The new space will combine a youth drop-in center with emergency shelter beds and a transitional living program that helps young people move into adulthood. It will provide young adults with access to valuable services such as case management, therapy, life skills support, education and employment assistance.

Estimates indicate there are around 2,000 youth at any given time in the St. Louis area experiencing homelessness. Youth In Need’s program will provide the support needed for these youth to move toward independence and become productive members of their community.

“For our 60th anniversary, we are celebrating how design can enrich communities and make a difference in the world, providing tangible benefits to the communities we serve,” said Lance Cage, a principal in HOK’s St. Louis office. “We selected Youth In Need and another project with Ferguson Youth Initiative for our HOK 24 / SIXTY projects because we want to contribute to their efforts to provide a better future for disadvantaged young people in our area.”

The new HOK 24 / SIXTY report illustrates the firm’s commitment to making a difference. View it on Issuu.

Image credit: Youth In Need