The Transitional Living Program (TLP) is a federal grant funded program that offers two different housing options to youth that wish to transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency in Klamath County. The grant is designed to support a total of about 10 youth at a time.
For youth 16-18 years old there are Approved Provider sites called Host Homes. These are family homes throughout the community that have gone through a strenuous application, background check, and training process in order to be approved to house youth safely.
Youth 18-22 years old are housed in Scattered Site Housing. These include studio or one bedroom apartments and individual rental residences. This housing is meant for TLP youth (and their children) only. No partners, family, or friends may live with the youth during their participation in TLP.
In exchange for IYS to provide monetary support for safe housing, the youth agree to participate in a strenuous independent living skills program. In the program they are provided support for, and encouraged to learn many skills including:
- How to apply for and retain employment
- Complete their primary education and perhaps go on to higher education
- How to maintain their home
- get involved in community service
- How to maintain a healthy living style
- Proper communication skills
- Make a schedule
- And so much more.
Youth must meet, and maintain the following requirements in order to participate in the program:
- Be drug and alcohol free
- Attend school, if applicable
- Maintain a job
- Actively participate in devising and executing their transition plan
They will also learn how to access community resources, including:
- Self-sufficiency resources
- Oregon Health Plan
- Mental health services
- Medical & dental services
- Alcohol & drug treatment services
- Public transportation services
Youth participating in the TLP will have the opportunity to continually engage with positive role models. Through Staff and volunteers, TLP youth will learn how to interact positively with their peers and adults. They will learn valuable skills, and will receive guidance and support in the development of positive relationships and social skills.