Nonprofit getting $200K in federal grants to sustain youth homelessness outreach

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Youth Emergency Services, an Omaha nonprofit, announced Wednesday that it received two $200,000 three-year federal grants the organization will use for outreach with a goal of helping more young people.

The grants come from the Family and Youth Services Bureau's Runaway and Homeless Youth funding.

The funds will be used to continue with two YES programs:

  • The transitional living program provides a stable but temporary home environment while the youth work toward securing more permanent housing.
  • A maternity group home helps young mothers become more self-sufficient by teaching them life skills with the goal of ending the cycle of homelessness.

YES provides homeless youth with opportunities and resources for safe housing, job readiness, and life skill knowledge. The grants will allow additional youth to receive these opportunities, the release states.

Congressman Don Bacon, R-Neb., is on the appropriations committee that increased the funding for the Homeless Children and Youth Act and released a statement about the grants.

“I am so pleased to hear the announcement that Youth Emergency Services will be awarded two key federal grants that will help facilitate their great work helping homeless youth in our community,” Bacon said. “This project involving the community and the government is truly representative of Nebraska’s spirit of humanity.”