3:11 Youth Housing

According to recent Kent County data, over 2,000 young people, between the ages of 14-24, experience homelessness in Kent County each year, and over 80 experience homelessness on any given night.

3:11 Youth Housing was established in 2012 to provide housing to young people experiencing homelessness in Grand Rapids, and to help them bridge the gap between homelessness and interdependence. These young have great potential – they only need a supportive network of invested people to make a true transformation.

The mentors and advocates at 3:11 Youth Housing walk alongside each young person who moves into their housing units, and stay with them until they move to the next step in their lives. Youth pay between $100-$200 per month in rent, with 25 percent going into a savings account to cover the cost of their first month’s rent and security deposit after they leave 3:11.

The youth set short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals for their time in 3:11, and work with their mentor to achieve them. Some work on breaking education barriers by graduating high school, getting their GED, or attending college. Others focus on gaining employment skills or furthering their vocational training. They desire to have stability and a supportive network in their lives.

The young people eat weekly meals together, celebrate birthdays, and spend time together over the holidays to instill a sense of community. Relationships are developed through intentional conversation, and by empowering and encouraging each other. They help create lasting, positive change in each other’s lives.