Compass North

Compass North is a program of Child and Family Services that serves homeless and runaway youth or those that are at risk of becoming homeless or runaways. This program is funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Outreach services are provided for youth 12-20 years old. Providers work directly with youth who have threatened to run away, youth who have run away, are homeless, and are youth with families who are also experiencing homeless episodes or are throwaway youth experiencing any conflict and are in need of protection. If the needs of the youth are not met through crisis intervention the youth will be referred to Basic Care or Transitional Living Program Services.

Basic Care is a program for youth (12-17) that provides up to 90 days of non-residential prevention services to assist reunification and/or to prevent an out-of-home placement of an at-risk youth. A youth may be provided temporary shelter in a host home for 21 days. Goal of this program is for family preservation whenever possible. This program also provides substance use/abuse prevention counseling, mental health counseling, and truancy counseling to youth and their families.

The Transitional Living Program works with youth age 17-20, who are homeless and or at risk of becoming homeless, as well as working with those youth who have aged out of foster care. This is a hand-on approach, providing up to 21 months of programming to assist youth with achieving success in the following:

– Education

– Employment

– Housing

– Independent Living Skills

A host home situation is also available to to youth who are living with someone who is not their legal guardian (family friend, community member, extended family member). Households that agree into this agreement and meet eligibility requirements receive a $20 daily stipend that is paid out monthly.


Compass North services the following counties: Alcona, Alpena, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, and Roscommon. All services are completely voluntary, FREE and confidential.


Youth Services at a Glance

Referral Form Compass North

Compass North Brochure

Host Home Brochure

Compass North Newsletter

Day In the Life Youth Project


Contact Us

Office: 989-356-4567 ext. 203

Mobile: 989-464-0992
Fax: 989-354-6100
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