Runaway / Homeless Youth

New York State Licensed Clinical Psychiatric Social Workers provide services to runaway and homeless youth, and those involved in the juvenile justice system who are 12 to 24 years old, without cost, for residents in Brookhaven Township. The program also provides training in independent living skills for youth 16 to 24 who are considered homeless. 


Services provided through the Sanctuary Program include:


Short-term counseling (three to six months) for youth in conflict or crisis with their family, school or peers. This includes crisis intervention services for runaway and homeless clients.


Adolescents and their families are sometimes unable to deal with services and the system. Youth are offered assistance in obtaining health, education, welfare and legal services.

Short Term Emergency Housing

Establishing a safer environment than living on the streets, youth are referred to temporary housing at County and not-for-profit residential facilities. Please note that we do not provide on-site housing at the Town Youth Bureau.

Homeless Project

For youth who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, counseling and advocacy for education, employment and basic needs are available.

Family Mediation

Counseling services are provided to adolescents and their families to assist in resolving disputes that may interfere with youth staying in their homes.

Information & Referral

Adolescents and their families are often unaware of available services and programs in their community. Information and referrals are offered to help allocate these necessary resources.

Employment & College Preparation

Adolescents are assisted with gaining meaningful employment and receive guidance regarding the college application process.