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Support Services for Runaway and Homeless Youth-Basic Centers Benefits

Program Description

Basic Center programs provide emergency shelter services to runaway and homeless youth. These programs seek to reunite young people with their families, whenever possible, or to locate appropriate alternative placements. Basic Center programs are located throughout the country. Services include access to emergency shelters, food, clothing, counseling, and referrals for health care

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be less than 22 years of age and either homeless/live in a shelter or have run away or are thinking about running away from home.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To locate the runaway and homeless youth basic center nearest you, call (toll-free) at:

Program Contact Information

For more information about youth programs and services, please contact the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth:
For more information about basic centers, please visit the National Runaway Switchboard website:
For more information on the Family and Youth Services Bureau's Runaway and Homeless Youth Grant Programs, please visit: