Homeless Youth Services

Youth Resource Center

Volunteers of America, Utah's Youth Resource Center, is a drop-in resource center and emergency shelter for all youth aged 15—22 who are imminently at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

We provide essential basic need items, such as three hot meals a day, pantry food, showers, laundry, life-skills groups, housing and employment case management, dental and medical care assistance, as well as access to mental health services on-site.

From 7:30 pm to 8:30 am, the YRC transitions into a 30-bed emergency shelter.

yrc-3-card.jpg Serving homeless and imminently at-risk youth ages 15 to 22 along the Wasatch Front

Youth Empowered Solutions to Succeed

The Youth Empowered Solutions to Succeed Program (YESS) improves the emotional and behavioral health functioning of youth and young adults, ages 16 to 25, struggling with mental illness and housing instability through providing clinical services, care management and peer support to increase successful transitions to self-sufficiency in adulthood.

The YESS program is committed to helping improve the lives of youth and young adults in our community by supporting and empowering them to increase their functioning in health, community and daily living, employment, education and housing. All resources are evidence-based, person-centered, and culturally competent. Involvement in leadership decision-making roles in the community is encouraged with the YESS program and aims to amplify youth voices at all levels of decision-making in our community.

Treatment and support offered through the program include case management, mental health therapy and support, supported employment, supported education, peer support services, and referral to other community supports and agencies.


Now accepting Salt Lake County youth ages 16-25 (until the 26th birthday) who are homeless or housing insecure, and/or who have a mental illness or substance use disorder. "Housing insecure" includes couch surfing, approaching aging out in JJS or DCFS, being 18 and unable to afford shelter, familial conflict resulting in fleeting from home, etc.

How to Enroll

For a consultation or to enroll, contact yessreferrals@voaut.org or call (385) 799-5976 (ext. 171). Monday–Friday, 9am to 5pm.


Want to schedule an intake? Have questions about eligibility? Do you want to coordinate release from state custody? Have a youth or young adult that falls outside our eligibility but needs support? Schedule an eligibility consult today

yess--kids.jpg The YESS program serves youth and young adults who are in transitional phases of life in an effort to increase self-reliance, support and resiliency

Are you a property owner looking to fill units? 

Do you want to be part of the solution to end homelessness? You can help by bringing currently unsheltered individuals and families in as tenants at your properties.

Potential support from VOA can include:

  • Ongoing case management for your tenant(s)
  • Guaranteed rent
  • Pre-vetted clients for programs

Contact us today for more information:

If you have any questions, contact the Youth Resource Center at 801.364.0744 or visit 888 S 400 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101