ROCKLAND — The Landing Place, a comprehensive youth program of the Knox County Homeless Coalition, will be hosting an “Open Afternoon,” Saturday, June 29, from 2 to 5 p.m., at their youth center on 61 Park Street in Rockland. Interested individuals are welcome to tour the center and engage with staff to learn about the work being down with at-risk youth in the community.
The Landing Place had intended to hold training, Saturday, July 13, for their new Host Home program which is designed to serve youth in need of emergency shelter due to family conflict, personal challenges, or other difficult life circumstances. That session has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.
“I am excited The Landing Place is starting a Host Home Program, which will offer housing for youth with local community members,” said Ben Cooke, Shelter Solutions Coordinator at The Landing Place. “This enables them to remain in their schools and communities where they find support. We are currently looking for families and individual interest in potentially hosting youth and encouraged already by the interest in our first Host Home training in July.”
Recent reports indicate that from 2014 to 2017 Maine has experience a 30% increase in school students who identify as homeless, rising from 1,934 to 2,515, of whom 1,458 were unaccompanied minors, according to the release. Currently, Maine only has 96 shelter and transitional living beds specifically for youth. With increasing evidence that childhood trauma is a leading cause of life-long negative health outcomes (both psychological and physical), the focus on youth homelessness is of critical importance.
The Landing Place is a comprehensive program of Knox County Homeless Coalition. The youth center on Park Street is a welcoming, non-judgmental, and reliable safe haven where local youth can respectfully engage in activities, spend time with friends, relax, learn new skills, receive compassionate mentorship from trained staff, and access free services, including fun activities, community-based resources, fun and healthy snacks, warm suppers, shower and laundry facilities, computers, clothing, blankets, personal hygiene products, and other basic supplies.
Experienced, compassionate case managers, trained in trauma-informed practices, work intensively with high-risk individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 to determine and prioritize needs, identify personal goals, develop plans of care, and create attainable action plans.
Knox County Homeless Coalition is the only dedicated homeless services organization with outreach throughout Knox, Waldo and parts of northern Lincoln County — helping families achieve sustainable independence and a hopeful future.
Their client-focused approach begins with building trusting relationships, identifies and builds on an individual’s strengths and simultaneously works to break down barriers to independence. KCHC is committed to delivering all services with respect, dignity and genuine caring. They also innovate around systemic change to solve root causes of homelessness in the Midcoast through collaboration.
KCHC’s success rate of sustainability, for clients who remain engaged in the full program is 92%, according to the release.
Programs include: Hospitality House Family Shelter, comprehensive case management, The Landing Place Youth Program, transportation, emergency services and supply store, and outbound food distribution and pantry.