Model & Strategy

Y2Y’s vision is to create a network of communities where all young adults experiencing homelessness have a safe place to rest, grow and lead. Y2Y Harvard Square is a student-run overnight shelter, quickly getting young adults experiencing homelessness off the street to prevent trauma.

Y2Y guests are given the space and support during their 30-day stay to identify concrete pathways out of homelessness, and take steps along that path.  They have opportunities to collaborate with service providers, other young adults experiencing homelessness, and student volunteers to create sustainable pathways out of homelessness and develop skills for long-term success.

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At a Glance
Founded: 2013
Systemic Poverty
Location of work: Domestic, Northeast
Y2Y Harvard Square
1 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Creating sustainable pathways out of homelessness for and by youth
Student volunteer scoops food for homeless
Co-founders
Meet Sam Greenberg and Sarah Rosenkrantz

Sam and Sarah met while students working at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter (HSHS), where they served on staff. Before college, each had developed a passion for issues of housing and homelessness.  At Y2Y, Sam and Sarah have built a wide, diverse and passionate community of supporters, including key political figures from Boston and Cambridge and a wide volunteer base. They graduated in May 2014 from Harvard and were recently part of the 2015 Bostonians of the Year Honorable Mentions list by the Boston Globe Magazine.  In 2017, they were part of the Forbes 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur class.

IMPACT

Within just two months of operations, 88% of guests report feeling safe during their stay.

Y2Y raised over $1 million in a capital campaign to open its first shelter in Harvard Square in 2015.  By 2018, Y2Y aims to have served over 800 homeless youth at its flagship site in Cambridge, MA.

  • "I still receive the message that I don’t belong in the community... We can’t trust you. No matter how much work I… https://t.co/cONZqPpNwr
  • Support our friends @BridgeOTW as they prepare to open their renovated transitional living residence! https://t.co/yOGIYmzXKM
  • 1 in 7 NYC Elementary Students Will Be Homeless, Report Says. "The instability really travels with students." https://t.co/uCnC14lLeq
  • What if D.C. universities "[gave] 10% of their investment funds" to "the D.C. affordable-housing trust fund"? https://t.co/R0ADQAkAP0
  • "We have people working full time or more who can’t afford rent... we haven’t invested in [affordable housing] to t… https://t.co/VHgaGpHrXs
  • It is critical the legislature overturn cuts to programs - including our friends at Youth on Fire - for LGBTQ youth. https://t.co/gJgJFiCmXJ
  • "Lipka said the vast majority of the clients... — 97% — want housing 'if the system we had to get into housing wasn… https://t.co/YH8vB6K7dw
  • Honored to have our cofounder @sgreenberg129 speak with @TheBACBoston about the trauma-informed design of our space… https://t.co/XdNUkMUaQL
  • Harsh reality when ID reqs = barrier to important treatment. MA Bill H. 2737 makes IDs more accessible @MAHomeless:… https://t.co/BHuNs7S5TQ
  • "We know that strategies are more successful when they’re generated by youth and young adults." @TrueColorsFund | https://t.co/2YK3l6zJtc
  • "Most trans persons...we tend to think, 'What is our risk for going out? Do I need to do something different?'" https://t.co/lSWFY4FPm9
  • Senate passes HUD $ bill, but "the increase in Homeless Assistance is not enough to deal with the rising need drive… https://t.co/9c3lMkPTfP
  • .@KittyGlitter_, inspiring advocate and member of our Advisory Network, speaking on the need for affordable housing… https://t.co/ViJz7fX4Vc
  • Thank you to @harvardmed's First Year Urban Neighborhood Campaign (FUNC) for their hard work cleaning the shelter s… https://t.co/emvea5Tr3E
  • "[Half] of the people...did not have or were unsure if they had a safe place to stay on a regular basis for the nex… https://t.co/4h8aZtzSXx
  • Come out to a rally in support of federal investments in affordable homes and our communities - in Sam Adams Park o… https://t.co/P8a4hIIwGT
  • We're so grateful to @WellsFargo for a $10,000 grant towards our pilot summer season!
  • Join us for the Homeless Youth Providers Engaging Together meeting on Thursday at 10am at @BridgeOTW. https://t.co/0o7gwga7CN
  • Please sign in support of restoring funding to services for young adults experiencing homelessness (currently allot… https://t.co/oeqApJ1hvh
  • "It really captures a lot of resilience... finding a way to carry on and be strong when the odds are against you."… https://t.co/mT3afnnHPn