APPLY FOR HOUSING WITH LIFE LINES
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Applications are received on a first come, first served basis. When all beds are full, a waiting list is enacted. Youth are contacted once a bed becomes available. Life Lines does not provide updates as to available beds or where the waiting list stands. Changes can occur sporadically and we are in touch as soon as there is availability. Please ensure all contact information is current.
Once your application is received, staff will reach out should more information be needed. An application is not complete and does not get added to the waitlist unless all necessary documentation is received. Upon receipt of a complete application, a housing interview is scheduled with the youth. Upon completion of the interview, staff determines which housing program is most appropriate for the youth, should he or she qualify for housing.
Subsequently, the youth is contacted, a move in date is provided, and a case manager is assigned. Housing services begin the day the youth moves into the Life Lines Housing Program.
The Transitional Housing Program was created to serve former foster care youth 18-23 years of age statewide. Case Managers provide supportive services & help youth develop a detailed, individualized case plan, and establish specific goals in order to achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency.
Life Lines: Permanent Supportive Housing
The Permanent Housing Program serves youth between the ages of 18 to 23 (at time of entry) who, in addition to being former foster care youth, are homeless, unaccompanied and also have at least two major diagnosable mental health disorders. The Permanent Housing Program provides minimally supervised independent living and is appropriate for youth who need support and are agreeable to supportive programming. The focus is on aiding youth in achieving their highest level of independence. Due to the severity of their disabilities, some youth may never be capable of achieving complete independence, though they may remain in the program as long as they are compliant and work toward their goals.
Life Lines: Independent Living Program
The Independent Living Program serves youth between the ages of 16-23 who are in or who have aged out of foster care. The primary focus of this program is to coordinate quality services that will assist them in gaining independence. Such services include: educational support, job readiness, and instruction in active daily living skills to prepare youth to age out of the system by age 18. Program staff advocates for underage youth and works with their foster parents, Division of Family Services (DFS) workers, teachers, guidance counselors, and the court system to support their journey toward self-sufficiency. The same services are available to youth between 18-23 years of age who are also eligible to apply for housing assistance with Life Lines and continued Independent Living case management supports. Community based services include, but are not limited to: housing search assistance and maintenance, follow up on leads and voucher application programs. Staff visits youth at home or wherever they are locate to assist with educational enrollment, vocational training, coordinate health care services, & more.
Life Lines – Home Base: A Drop In Center for homeless and unaccompanied youth
The Life Lines “Home Base” Drop In Center is Delaware’s first youth Resource Center specifically created for unaccompanied youth between 18-23 years of age. This group has been historically difficult to identify given the nature of their transient behaviors. Providing a space that’s safe and accessible by car, bus (and even on foot) will allow for access to services they may need, but not identify on their own. The Drop In Center is equipped with state-of-the-art electronics, not only for entertainment purposes, but also to facilitate education and interaction. Youth are able to wash their clothes, establish an address to receive and check mail, enjoy a meal, take a hot shower, and relax while receiving the much-needed assistance that many need but may be too fearful to seek out.
Life Lines: Pride Program
With the support of several local community members, Life Lines will provide safe and accessible services through our Phase III Program which includes housing for unaccompanied youth & youth who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community. Many times youth are estranged or displaced from their families and support systems because of who they are. Whether they were put out of their parents home, living in unsafe conditions or fearful of coming out, our Safe Space programming and housing will provide just that, a safe space. The program will provide the same level of intensive case management in order for the youth to become as self-sufficient as possible. Youth can apply for housing at 18 years of age and remain in the program until they turn 23, should they choose or need to do so, as long they remain compliant with programming.
ADA Compliant Home
Life Lines will provide a fully ADA-compliant home for a youth in need of additional supports. This 1 bedroom unit will provide a space where a youth can feel independent and capable. It will be fully equipped to support the needs of a young person who may be non-ambulatory, sight and/or hearing impaired. Unaccompanied youth can apply for housing at age 18 and remain until turning 23. Intensive case management supportive services will be provided as part of programming. Although medical support is not provided through Life Lines, the program does provide case planning to support the youths’ medical needs.