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Mel Trotter Ministries announces the opening of a non-time limited supportive housing unit for young men, ages 18-24, who are experiencing homelessness. The MTM Youth House was established to provide additional housing opportunities for the growing and vulnerable youth homeless population in the greater Grand Rapids area. This opportunity fosters a supportive, community environment for young men to build the foundation for interdependent living.
The Youth House will officially open to the tenants on April 3, 2017 and MTM will work closely with 3:11 Youth Housing and the Grand Rapids Chapter of the NAACP to provide support for the young men who will be living at the house.
The youth house, located in an undisclosed Grand Rapids location, features two bathrooms, a community kitchen and dining area, private rooms for the four tenants and their house mentor. The house mentor – recruited and trained by 3:11 Youth Housing– lives in the house and provides encouragement and guidance. MTM will also provide a youth advocate to assist with job readiness, housing readiness and spiritual counseling and other vital support.
Why is there a need for a Youth House?
By meeting the unique needs of young men and providing this MTM Youth House program, Mel Trotter Ministries is honoring its commitment to work closely with other organizations—sharing resources and combining strengths—to produce a greater impact on a unique population of people who are experiencing homelessness. These efforts move us closer to fulfilling our vision to end homelessness one life at a time through the power of Christ.
The decision to establish the Youth House was driven by statistics and feedback. We listened to youth and invited the expertise of HQ, and 3:11 Youth Housing—who understand the youth populations best—to see how Mel Trotter Ministries can better meet the needs of underserved populations. Agencies that serve youth have identified that there is a lack of affordable housing for vulnerable youth males ages 18-24.
Who can access this house?
The target population for this house is young men ages 18-24. This population is a growing and vulnerable population in the West Michigan area. The U.S. Housing and Urban Development department defines “youth” as ages 18-24 years old. These young men will be referred through HQ, 3:11, or Mel Trotter’s own Youth Emergency Shelter. Guests will work with an advocate to identify whether they are ready to move forward into housing.
How much is rent and how long is the lease?
Each tenant will be responsible for a monthly payment of $250 a month, along with divided utility bills. To help each young man prepare to move into independent housing, $50 of the rent will be placed into a savings account for when they move out. The youth will have the opportunity to stay up to 24 months in the house while they work with an advocate to move toward the goal of complete interdependence.
Where is the house located?
It is our commitment to respect the privacy of the youth who are going through the MTM Youth House program and therefore we do not disclose its location for the safety of the guests staying there. The house is located within the city of Grand Rapids.
What does the house provide?
- Live-in house mentor (someone who has been through the same program before)
- Youth Advocate to assist with job readiness, financial skill building, relationship building, spiritual support, counseling, etc.
- Furnished bedrooms, bathrooms and community dining and living area.
- Toiletries and linens