Runaway and Homeless Youth

Each year, thousands of youth across Oregon are homeless and unaccompanied, struggling to survive without a safe, stable place to live.

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Youth homelessness is a significant problem in urban, suburban, and rural parts of the state. All young people should have safe and stable places to stay, the services and supports they need to thrive, and opportunities to reach their full potential. 

In 2011, the Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) program was assigned to the Department of Human Services (DHS), and allocated into the Self-Sufficiency (SSP) arm in 2019. SSP has the mission of improving family capacity to provide safe and permanent living environments.
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Do You Need Help?

If you or someone you know needs assistance, you can find help by using the 211info site or downloading the 211info Mobile app.

If you are a young person who is thinking about running away or already has, you can talk to someone confidentially at the National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-RUNAWAY or 1-800-786-2929. 

Contact Us

For more information about the Homeless Youth programs, contact:

Matthew Rasmussen
500 Summer Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-1017
503-602-1087
Matthew.rasmussen@state.or.us