Youth in transition
What happens to a young person who has been locked out by his or her family, or who flees to escape an abusive home situation? What becomes of teenagers maturing out of foster care?
Unfortunately, very few youth of this age have the skills or resources to begin living independently. With a helping hand, however, these youth can finish high school, attend college, and build a foundation for lasting self-sufficiency.
The Harbour's Youth in Transition program provides up to 18 months of stable housing and supportive services through two housing models to meet youth where they are and maximize opportunities for success.
Youth in Transition's supervised group living provides housing for girls ages 16-21 experiencing homelessness while they finish high school, work 10-20 hours per week (banking 65% of their earnings), and make the transition to self-sufficiency. This model provides a home-like environment with each site housing 4 girls.
Within Youth in Transition's scattered-site housing, young males and females experiencing homelessness live in their own apartments as The Harbour provides a gradually declining rent subsidy and wraparound case management. As youth work towards economic independence, they progressively begin to pay more of their rent until they are self-sufficient.
Both Youth in Transition housing models provide:
* Independent living skills training on topics such as financial literacy, household maintenance & health education
* Employment and educational support
* Counseling, therapeutic recreation, & individual case management
Typically, youth begin in our Emergency Shelter, transfer to Youth in Transition's supervised group living if family reunification isn't possible, and move into scattered-site housing within the Youth in Transition program during their last 6 months in the program. However, there is no prescribed path and youth may exit and re-enter different housing models as needs or abilities change.
By providing an intensive, focused program designed to enhance school and vocational success, competency and self-reliance, youth are deflected from future homelessness or public assistance.