Youth Supportive Housing

PSH Program Manager Miyuki Sato-Yazaki taking a selfie with community partners.

VOA Alaska's Supportive Housing Program serves the most vulnerable young adults.

We are using research-based services to bring hope to the lives of transitional-aged youth (18–24) who are facing the most extreme of circumstances, such as houselessness and other risk factors including trauma, exploitation, and challenges related to mental health and substance use. 

Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) is an Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) that pairs affordable housing with support services and addresses chronic houselessness and instability of those living on the street and who are most vulnerable and experience worse health outcomes, including a higher risk of death.

While there is a significant body of research around the effectiveness of PSH nationally, there is no current research demonstrating the effectiveness of PSH with the transition-aged youth population. VOA Alaska is using PSH as a critical piece of the overall strategy to end youth houselessness in our state as part of a HUD demonstration project.

PSH Program Manager Miyuki Sato-Yazaki taking a selfie with community partners.
PSH Senior Program Manager Miyuki Sato-Yazaki with Covenant House of Alaska partners at the Sullivan Arena emergency shelter.

The PSH program has helped me a lot, it probably actually saved my life.
I am no longer scared to look to the future.

Youth receiving services from the PSH Program

VOA Alaska's PSH program is the first youth-focused permanent supportive housing in Alaska.

PSH connects clients with benefits, community resources, employment, education counseling, and life-skills classes to promote independence. Additionally, clinicians help clients address mental health and substance use concerns in support of healthy recovery and sustained housing. 

This program represents hope. Hope that with timely intervention, these young adults who are struggling with mental health and addiction can effectively exit houselessness and live healthier, more productive lives.

Three years ago, a community of organizations and advocates joined together to create a plan to end youth houselessness in Alaska. Learn more about the community partnership and its impact in the 2020 Youth Homeless Demonstration Program Partner Report.