Young Adult Services

It is estimated that there are 400+ homeless and at-risk youth ages 16-24 in Sarasota County alone. This population is underrepresented and largely unidentified, however, if we can engage young people now, we can prevent them from experiencing the ongoing traumas of homelessness.

Young Adults Served in 2023

Youth Services

It is estimated that there are more than 400 homeless and at-risk youth in Sarasota County alone. We know this population is underrepresented and largely unidentified, however, we believe that if we can engage them now, we can prevent them from experiencing the ongoing traumas of homelessness.

Youths Served in 2019

Outreach and Case Management

Our Outreach Youth Advocates are tasked with identifying and engaging with homeless and at-risk youth in Sarasota County. Once initial contact is made, the Advocates work to build rapport in order to link youth to a safety net of services including shelter, counseling, healthcare, transportation, identification recovery, school preparedness, and employment.

YOUth Drop-In Center

2331 Mango Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34234
Call/Text Jaohnna for Assistance: (941) 315-0847

The YOUth Center is North Sarasota’s first and only drop-in center offering a safe place for homeless and at-risk youth. Visitors can shower, do laundry, charge devices, have a snack, escape bad weather, relax and hang out, meet other youth, receive counseling, and attend support groups, workshops, and classes covering a variety of topics.


Supportive Housing

Transitional Housing

Transitional housing beds are currently available for young men and women ages 18-24 who are in need of a safe haven. 




New Heights

New Heights is the premier long-term transitional living program for young men and women. Instead of paying for rent, utilities, and services, clients are expedited to make timely payments to an escrow account in their name an investment in their own future.

New Heights is a Long-term Transitional Living Program for Homeless & At-Risk Youth.

One of the biggest barriers for homeless and at-risk youth is a lack of financial resources, therefore, services for New Heights participants are completely free including living space, utilities, and access to the Harvest Food Pantry. One of the first activities the Case Manager will do with clients is to help them to create and maintain a monthly budget. Instead of paying rent, participants are expected to pay into an escrow account on the first of each month to simulate the practice of rent paying. The amount is determined by their budget; for some, it is $50 and others, up to $500. Upon exiting the program, clients leave with money saved and with the budgeting skills to maintain stability.

New Heights is designed to help young adults climb the mountains of life using 7 pathways.

Once a month, New Heights participants are taken on outings in the community with a Harvest House staff member and a volunteer chaperone. These outings promote camaraderie, appreciation for the arts and culture, and offer exposure to experiences that are often limited to youth with certain privileges. For example, we’ve seen a show at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, taken salsa lessons at Fred Astaire, did a scavenger hunt at Selby Botanical Gardens, gone kayaking at Mote Marine, and so much more.

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For Young Adults Who Aspire to Go Higher

Homeless and at-risk youth, ages 16-24, come from a history of insufficient support systems, various types of abuse, episodes in and out of the foster care system, parents with addiction, and homelessness as children. As children age out these situations, they are often expected to become a productive member of society on their own. However, extreme privilege gaps make them vulnerable to a cycle of poverty and homelessness.

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“That’s my homeless experience in one word. I’m tired from being on my feet at work all day and not sleeping all night. I’m tired from walking everywhere. I’m tired from being up early to catch the bus. I’m tired of getting the runaround from people when I DO ask for help. I’m tired of being in people’s way – on their couches and in their space. I’m just tired. “
Landon, 18

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