Services for DHS Foster Youth
Independent Living Program

The Independent Living Program is designed to help young people ages 14-23 in Klamath County who are in or are transitioning from foster care become self-sufficient. We hope to help these youth improve their chances at becoming successful adult citizens. Youth are given encouragement and the support that they need to complete their high school diploma or general education diploma, find employment, and secure housing, as well as gaining other important life skills and access to resources. Youth are encouraged to enroll in college, vocational programs such as Job Corps, or become gainfully employed, and guided in the process to find a safe and stable place to live.


The Independent Living Program Coordinator provides one-on-one mentoring and peer group classes to help youth grow.

Transitional Living Program

John’s House is a co-ed Transitional Living Program for youth ages 18-22 in Klamath County and is open to those who are aging out of the Foster Care system. Youth are required to attend monthly meetings to discuss program progress, address upkeep as necessary, and learn transitional independence skills. The program is not limited to but includes: 

  • Stay is 6-18 months long
  • Connecting residents to permanent community supports
  • Peer to Peer mentoring
  • Rental Readiness
  • Program requirements include participation in Independent Living Program
  • Focus on employment or education success.
  • Common living space is fully furnished, and on-site computers provided.
  • Each resident rents a room that is their own space, that can be paid by subsidized or Chafee Funding

Applications must include at least one letter of recommendation from school officials, mentors, or professionals who can speak on behalf of your qualifications. (No friends, family, or program participants.)