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Where to get help

Three publicly funded downtown agencies provide services to homeless youths. The 1998 study 'Services to Homeless Youth in Portland' found little coordination among the agencies, resulting in inefficiencies and duplicated services. The new Multnomah County contract that took effect July 1 assigns specific responsibilities to each agency.

• Janus Youth Programs: 24-hour Access and Assessment Center, crisis shelter (maximum four days without agreeing to case management), short-term housing (indefinite stay with case management)

• New Avenues for Youth: Services for youths ages 13-18, including high school equivalency education and transitional housing.

• Outside In: Services for youths ages 16-21, including job search training and transitional housing (including housing for single parents).