Jackson Street Youth Services Fundraising for Albany Shelter Renovations

Amidst the pandemic, Jackson Street Youth Services has raised nearly 70% of the $890,000 goal needed to complete the purchase and renovation of their Albany youth shelter.  

Founded in 2015, Jackson Street has become a safe haven for minors between 10-17 years of age who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. They offer a wide array of services, ranging from medical care and service referrals to instructional workshops and clothing supplies.  

Their Albany location will soon begin renovations, adding an open kitchen, more space for studying, additional bathrooms, confidential staff offices, and much more.  

“We wanted to make lemonade out of lemons and be ready to help more youth when we come out of the pandemic,” said Jackson Street’s executive Director, Ann Craig.  

And “lemons” is putting it lightly. According to a recent press release, Linn County schools reported 1,182 homeless students, K-12, during their 2018-19 school year. Among those students were 163 minors with no direct guardian care — and the pandemic has only made things worse. 

“This expansion is happening just in time. With the isolation youth and families have experienced for the past year and a half during the pandemic, we’ve seen an increase in family conflict sometimes resulting in abuse and neglect,” said Craig. “We anticipate a significant increase in the need for our services and feel it’s important to have the expansion completed in early 2022.”  

In tandem with Broadleaf Architecture and Bob Grant construction, Jackson Street plans to complete the planning, city zoning, and construction in time to meet their ambitious goal.  

To cover the costs of their services, Jackson Street has been forced to apply for state and federal funding for homeless services and shelters. For those who would like to donate 

Jackson Street currently has a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign, “Uprise,” in place.   

Jackson Street Youth Services has two 24/7 shelters located at 1240 7 Ave SE in Albany, and 555 NW Jackson Ave in Corvallis. For more information on their services, you can visit their website here. For additional support or counseling, here is a list of available resources in Benton County.  

By: Ethan Hauck