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At Familylinks, our priority remains the health and safety of our clients and our team, and we continue to take measures to protect against the spread of the COVID-19. Last week we made the decision to cancel all events and suspend volunteer activities until further notice. This week we have made the necessary modifications to our programs and services, in accordance with guidelines set by local and state government, so we can continue to serve individuals and families in western Pennsylvania.

As public health officials assess the risk, we are closely monitoring the spread of the virus and evaluating potential implications. We will continue to share all updates on our website and social media pages.

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has created a support and referral helpline for COVID-19. To review the details click here.

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Youth Emergency Shelters

*Clients must have a referral from Children, Youth and Families or the juvenile justice system to qualify for this service. Children or their families cannot apply for placement directly.*

The Youth Emergency Shelter serves at-risk males and females, ages 13-20 years, who are actively involved with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF). Youth are court ordered to the shelter until a more permanent living arrangement is secured. The focus is on safety, comprehensive assessment, education, service planning and family reunification. Youth have access to mental health, substance abuse, medical services and in most cases attend their schools of origin. Counselors work in partnership with youth, families, case workers and the court system.

Who is eligible?

Males and females, between the ages of 13 and 20, actively involved in OCYF.

What can you expect?

The Youth Emergency Shelter is open 24 hours, seven days a week. OCYF caseworkers and/or Juvenile Court identifies youth, who need emergency shelter care. The OCYF Intake Department refers and approves admissions into emergency shelter. Youth remain in shelter until a permanent living arrangement is made with family, foster care or other residential placements.

How do I enroll?

Youth are referred through the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Office of Children, Youth and Families.

Meta Description: 

Youth Emergency Shelter provides temporary emergency housing and services for youth involved with the child welfare system.