The Transitional Housing Program was created to serve former foster care youth 18-21 years of age statewide. Each dwelling is fully furnished with all the items to maintain a home, such as dishware and cooking utensils, bed and bath linens, and household décor. The program conducts an initial assessment on each youth to determine what they will need to become completely self-sufficient, and provides services to facilitate the process. Case Managers help youth develop a detailed, individualized case plan and establish specific goals.
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, also have at least one severe diagnosable mental health disorder. This program originally leased apartments on the East Side of Wilmington to accommodate 11 youth. In 2011, five brand new, state-of-the-art row houses were built at North Dupont Street to house these youth closer to West End’s main facility. The Permanent Housing Program provides supervision almost 24 hours per day. The focus is generally the same as the Transitional Housing Program, though with the understanding that, due to the severity of their disabilities, some youth may never be capable of achieving complete independence. Youth may remain in the program as long as they are compliant and work toward their goals.
The Independent Living Program serves youth between the ages of 16-21 who are in or aged out of foster care. The primary focus of this program is to coordinate quality services that will assist youth in gaining their independence. Such services include: educational support, job readiness, and 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 18-21 years of age and who are also eligible to apply for housing assistance with Life Lines and other supports. Housing services include, but are not limited to housing search assistance and following up on leads. Staff visits youth at home to assist with educational enrollment, vocational training, coordinate health care services, etc.
Drop In Center
The Life Lines 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, create an address to receive and check mail, enjoy a meal or two, take a hot shower, and relax while receiving the much-needed assistance they many need but may be fearful to seek out.
LGBTQ+ Safe Space Housing
With the support of several local community members, Life Lines will provide safe and accessible housing for unaccompanied youth who identify with the LGBTQ+ community. Many times youth are estranged or displaced form their families and support systems because of who they are. Where they were put out of their parents home, living in unsafe conditions or fear coming out, our Safe Space 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 reach 23 should they choose or need to do so.
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 support services will also be offered, and although medical support is not provided through Life Lines, the program does provide case planning to support the youths medical needs.
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