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For over 20 years, Willamette Bridge Programs have been providing support and resources to homeless youth to help them free themselves from life on the streets. Started as a federal demonstration project to develop a transitional living program specializing in street-dependent youth, Willamette Bridge is now the oldest continuously funded transitional living program. Today, Willamette Bridge has expanded to integrate a continuum of services ranging from street outreach and needs assessment to emergency housing and case management, which serve the estimated 3,000 homeless youth in the Portland Metropolitan area.
We believe young people are partners in seeking solutions to issues they face. Our community is a resource that can both contribute to and benefit from empowering youth. Incorporating a "self governance" approach to residential care creates a unique partnership between truly independent youth and competent staff and enables a 80% success rate for youth exiting street life.