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Youth and Young Adult

Independent Living Program

The Independent Living Program (ILP) is a semi-supervised housing program that was established in 2013 to provide safe and secure housing and life skills support to youth, ages 16 to 24 as they transition out of homelessness and into independent living in the community. The ILP is designed to help homeless and unaccompanied youth acquire the skills they need to transition into positive, productive lives - as family members, successful students, community members, and in the workplace. Residents learn to take responsibility for their actions and their future and have access to

resources that address their cognitive, behavioral, mental health, educational, and abuse issues. While living and participating in the ILP residents receive assistance with budgeting, financial management, menu planning, nutrition and food preparation, use and management of credit, consumer education, housekeeping, personal hygiene, safety instruction, planning for leisure and social activities and methods of obtaining vital documents such as social security cards, birth certificates, citizenship applications, working papers, etc.

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