Spectrum Youth & Family Services
31 Elmwood Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 488-7777 (24-hour youth crisis hotline)
(802) 741-7411 (24-hour text crisis line)
Spectrum Youth & Family Services, founded in 1970, is a nationally recognized leader in helping youth ages 12-26 and their families turn their lives around. Each year, the agency provides housing and support services for 2,000 teenagers, young adults, people with a history of violence, and their families.
In 2013, The New York Times profiled Spectrum’s Rapid Referral Program for its efficacy at reducing re-offenses among youth charged with drug- and alcohol-related crimes.
Spectrum supports and helps kids address factors that can interfere with their transition to adulthood, such as mental health, physical health, joblessness, and substance abuse. Spectrum staff work one-on-one with each client and their family members to empower them to change their lives through prevention, intervention, and life skills services.
Youth have access to all of Spectrum’s programs. Visit their website to learn more.
Spectrum’s emergency shelter is a short-term housing option for homeless youth ages 17-22 that provides safety, resources, and support for clients while they develop a plan to address their needs, goals, and permanent housing.
Spectrum has two transitional housing residences with a total of 17 beds. These voluntary programs help residents develop individual living skills and provide a bridge to independent living through a structured and supportive community. These residences have private rooms, shared bathrooms, and common living areas. The Maple Street Residence serves youth ages 18-22, and is a collaboration between Spectrum, the Champlain Housing Trust, and the Burlington Housing Authority. The Pearl Street Residence serves youth ages 18-22 who have been in or are aging out of state custody, and is a collaboration between Spectrum and the Burlington Housing Authority. Youth who complete the supported housing program at Spectrum are eligible for Section 8 subsidized vouchers.
The Drop-In Center, located at 177 Pearl Street in downtown Burlington, is a safe place for young people to get two meals daily, do laundry, use the telephone, get clothing, take a shower, and take skills classes in a collaborative environment.