Housing Older Youth
In partnership with Continuum of Care community organizations, Bethany for Children & Families offers transitional housing services for youth and teens who are experiencing homelessness in the Quad Cities region.
Based on the successful Housing First model, the program offer housing as quickly as possible for youth and teens, and then connects them to services and community-based resources. Clients may include those who are aging out of foster care, may be emancipated, and/or homeless minors. Bethany offers two programs for homeless teens and youth.
Helps youth obtain stable housing. This program is designed for young men and women ages 16 to 21. Single parenting teens may also participate in the program. Clients are provided furnished apartments in the Illinois Quad Cities area, and there is on-going, random monitoring 24/7. Clients must attend school, and/or be employed. A case manager interviews the individual and uses the Ansell-Casey Life Skill Assessment to estimate his/her abilities before entering the program.
housing older youth
Helps young adults ages 18 to 24. Rapid re-housing and case management services are provided to homeless individuals in the Quad Cities region. Participants are prepared to transition into adulthood and live in a stable, safe, clean environment while utilizing community resources for continued future independent success.
Both programs stabilize client housing and address the issues that have caused homelessness and prevented independence. Youth and teens are provided comprehensive services that address their most pressing needs: a stable home, adequate income to meet their basic needs; and assistance and direction in overcoming the problems that interfere with their ability to live independently.
Once clients are settled in their preferred neighborhoods (if possible, since it prevents further disruption for school, work, and support networks), basic needs are met. Intensive care management helps them identify root causes of homelessness. Assistance may include setting goals; money management and budgeting; connecting to community resources such as mental health, medical, and dental; helping with vocational and educational training; resolving legal issues; and employment counseling.
Within a specific timeframe, clients become progressively responsible for their living expenses. Participants are expected to find employment or increase individual income; complete educational opportunities; and keep housing that can be maintained into the future. Self-sufficiency is encouraged by giving young people opportunities to exercise leadership and responsibility, build skills, and get involved in their communities.