Point Source Youth

23% of Baltimore City residents live below the federal poverty line and 40% of families with children live below 150% of the federal poverty line. After an in-depth landscape analysis, GreenLight Baltimore surfaced that these realities have an immense negative impact on the development of youth transitioning into adulthood, resulting in patterned intergenerational poverty and increased rates of youth homelessness. With this investment, Point Source Youth will work to disrupt cycles of economic emergency so that youth have an opportunity to transition into young adulthood well and participate in the mainstream economy.

Point Source Youth envisions a world where all young people can enjoy the right to safety, stability, and joy and believes that youth should be trusted to direct their own lives and that leadership by and advancement of the young people most impacted by the crisis of homelessness is paramount. Point Source Youth also believes our society has a moral obligation to collectively amass ample resources to end youth homelessness. To that end, the organization works alongside communities and partners to uplift the power of young people, especially historically marginalized young people by advancing meaningful and affirming solutions to end youth homelessness and place resources directly in their hands.

Starting in New York, Point Source Youth works nationally to prevent and end homelessness for young people, focusing on BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth by equipping them with the resources and wrap-around services they need to make the best decisions they’ve determined for their own lives. The cost-effective Direct Cash Transfer Intervention program has low administrative burdens allowing the intervention to scale easily and reach youth who aren’t accounted for in other systems.

Youth enrolled in the program in Baltimore will:

  • Receive a one-time $3,000 initial cash transfer and $1,000 a month for a duration of two years.
  • Receive case management and peer navigation ancillary support services.
  • Be provided with opportunities to pursue academic, vocational and other goals that will enhance their quality of life and financial stability.


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