Amid the pandemic, Jackson Street Youth Services has raised nearly 70% of the $ 890,000 goal needed to complete the purchase and renovation of their Albany youth shelter.
Founded in 2015, Jackson Street has become a safe haven for minors between the ages of 10 and 17 who are living or at risk of becoming homeless. They offer a wide range of services, from medical care and service referrals to educational workshops and clothing supplies.
Their Albany location will begin renovations soon, adding an open kitchen, more study space, additional bathrooms, confidential staff offices and more.
âWe wanted to make lemonade from lemons and be ready to help more young people when we come out of the pandemic,â said Jackson Street executive director Ann Craig.
And “lemons” is to put it lightly. According to a recent press release, Linn County schools reported 1,182 homeless students, kindergarten to grade 12, in their 2018-19 school year. Among those students, there were 163 minors without a direct guardian – and the pandemic has only made matters worse.
âThis expansion is coming just in time. With the isolation that young people and families have experienced over the past year and a half during the pandemic, we have seen an increase in family conflict sometimes resulting in abuse and neglect, âsaid Craig. “We anticipate a significant increase in the need for our services and believe it is important that the expansion be completed in early 2022.”
In tandem with Broadleaf Architecture and Bob Grant’s Construction, Jackson Street plans to complete the city’s planning, zoning and construction in time to reach their ambitious goal.
To cover the costs of their services, Jackson Street was forced to seek state and federal funding for homeless services and shelters. For those who would like make a donation,
Jackson Street currently has a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign, “Surprise,” in place.
Jackson Street Youth Services has two 24/7 shelters located at 1240 7 Ave SE in Albany and 555 NW Jackson Ave in Corvallis. For more information about their services, you can visit their website here. For further support or advice, here is a list of available resources in Benton County.
By: Ethan Hauck