Bridge for Youth

  • Project Name: The Bridge for Youth11.2015c
  • Client: The Bridge for Youth
  • Landon Group Role:  On-going real estate finance & development consulting
  • Address: 1111 22nd Street West, Minneapolis
  • Financing:  Grants and deferred loans from the US Department of Housing & Urban Development, Minnesota Housing, City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County,  Family Housing Fund, many foundations and philanthropic groups
  • Project Size: 24 units

The Bridge for Youth (“The Bridge”) serves youth in crisis (ages 10-17) and their families: runaway, abandoned, homeless youth; youth at risk of running or violence; pregnant/parenting teens; parents and youth in conflict; sexually-exploited youth. As the only provider effectively serving unaccompanied youth as young as 10, The Bridge plays an essential role in preventing longer-term youth homelessness. The Bridge reaches more homeless youth under the age of 18 than any other agency in the Twin Cities. Last year, The Bridge served nearly 300 unaccompanied kids who were age 15 or younger, representing one-third (35%) of our client population. The average age of a youth in the program is 15 years old.

Landon Group began working with The Bridge in 2007, securing over $6 million for development of a new facility located at 22nd Street and Emerson Avenue. The Bridge is a three story building with a full basement and elevator. The building contains the transitional and emergency housing for youth, as well as all the administrative and social services of the program. The building has ten bedrooms, each containing two beds. The bedrooms on one floor contain the emergency shelter program. The transitional housing bedrooms are located on a separate floor and are adjacent to a communal kitchen. As of July 1, the programs combined house 24 youth across the ten bedrooms. The remaining space in the building is set aside for gathering and storage space for the residents, office space and conference rooms, and counseling and meeting rooms for staff and residents to provide services.

Since the new facility was completed in 2009, Landon Group has secured over $600,000 in City Emergency Shelter Grant funds for improvements and repairs to the historic building which houses their administrative and program space.