Housing Youth NOW
Bethany's Housing Youth NOW provides rapid re-housing and case management services to homeless individuals in the Quad Cities region. Program participants are housed in apartments in Rock Island County. Once their basic needs are met, intensive case management services connect them with resources and teach them how to live independently. The impact on program participants is positive and permanent. By making sure that a young adult has a home, a plan to live independently, and employment or education opportunities, we help individuals in crisis re-write the script for their futures.
Goal of Housing Youth NOW
The overall goal for the Housing Youth NOW program is to stabilize an individual's home life and address issues that could prevent them from sustaining his or her housing. Outcome measurements include finding employment or increasing individual income, completing education opportunities, and finding housing that can be maintained into the future.
Program Structure of Housing Youth NOW
The Housing Youth NOW program at Bethany for Children & Families is based upon the Housing First model, an approach that offers permanent, affordable housing as quickly as possible for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and then provides the supportive services and connections to the community-based supports people need.
Help for Homeless Youth & Homeless Teenagers
Once individuals are settled in their preferred neighborhood (we strive to keep individuals in their home neighborhoods to prevent further disruptions at school, work, and support networks) and their basic needs are met, intensive case management helps them identify the issues that caused homelessness, while setting goals, connecting them with community resources, and preventing problems that could cause homelessness in the future.
Eligibility for Housing Youth NOW
The population served is no- or low-income individuals between 18-24 years of age who are experiencing an episode of homelessness. Typically, participants or their families have mental health, substance abuse, or poverty issues that have upended home stability.
Services Provided by Housing Youth NOW
Case managers will provide services to help the individual with educational or employment counseling, money management and budgeting, mental health assistance, community vocational training skills, assistance with resolving legal issues, and community medical, dental, and psychiatric services. Once the individual completes the program, he or she will continue to reside in the apartment to reduce disruption to school or work life.
Program Duration for Housing Youth NOW
Housing Youth NOW will house 10-12 youth and 6 children for 3-6 months. During this time frame, individuals will become progressively responsible for their living expenses. This well-defined time frame helps motivate participants to quickly adopt changes and implement strategies that will ensure they are able to maintain their home. Once an individual graduates from the program, a new individual will join. The program is ongoing; there is not a timeline for program completion.