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Spectrum Youth & Family Services

Contact Info

31 Elmwood Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 864-7423
(802) 660-0576 (fax)


Other Office Locations
177 Pearl Street
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 540-3008 (fax)

191 North Street
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 540-0116

38 S. Winooski Avenue
Burlington, VT
(833) 857-8969

186 Lake Street
St. Albans, VT 05478
(802) 527-7977

Spectrum Youth & Family Services' mission: to empower teenagers, young adults, and their families to make and sustain positive changes through prevention, intervention, and life skills services.

Spectrum’s youth warming shelter is a 10-bed, temporary shelter for youth ages 18-24. The shelter operates in the basement of St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral at 29 Allen St. in Burlington, from November to March. Youth in need of shelter may come by the Parish Hall entrance starting at 6 PM each night.

The Landing is a short-term housing option for homeless youth ages 16-23. Each room has two beds, and residents share a common living, kitchen, and dining area. Formerly called the shelter, the Landing provides safety, basic needs, resources, and support for youth while they develop a plan to address their immediate needs, future goals and permanent housing. Youth who are successful at the Landing have the option to move to our Transitional Housing.

Spectrum’s transitional housing program serves youth ages 18-23 formerly in foster care but who have aged out and are in need of housing. The program helps residents develop independent living skills and provides a bridge to self-reliant living through a structured and supportive community. The program is entirely voluntary. The Pearl Street residence has private individual rooms, shared bathrooms, common kitchen and dining areas, and living rooms. All youth enter into an individual housing lease and are responsible for paying an adjusted amount of rent based on income. This program is a collaboration between Spectrum and Burlington Housing Authority. Youth who successfully complete the program are eligible for a Section 8 voucher, which provides subsidized rent to the holder based on income.

Spectrum has a wide variety of other programs as well, including the Drop-In Center, Riverstone Counseling, the Pearl Street Youth Health Center, skills programs, mentoring, the Multicultural Youth Program, and Detail Works.