We recognize that many youth struggling with things like housing and homelessness may use drugs and/or alcohol as a coping mechanism. We don’t believe this means you should not have access to shelter. Youth in active use will not be turned away from shelter. That said, drugs or alcohol are not allowed in shelter for any reason. If staff finds alcohol or drugs in the shelter, it will be confiscated and destroyed and we will safety plan with you around avoiding the issue in the future.
If a youth shows up at shelter under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and are safe to be there with staff supervision, we will allow them to stay. If a youth shows up at shelter under the influence, and they are not safe to be in shelter, we will help them get medical attention, and they will be invited back once they are safe again.