We are developing a system of transitional homes on the Near East Side to house homeless youth ages
17-22 who have been abandoned, neglected, and abused.
According to CHIP, of the 2,251 homeless youth in 2016, 1,458 of those youth were aged 18-24. We are targeting the greatest need population given these statistics. We will use relationship, stable housing, and community to guide homeless and disadvantaged youth toward success. The vision for these homes is to have a year-long curriculum the youth will follow which will teach life skills, identity, and create a safe place for them to heal from years of trauma. Our program will differentiate from others through intentionality in community. Youth and house parents will have dinner together and take turns cooking for one another, and will also learn important skills through experiential learning.
A New approach
We believe the best way for youth to learn is doing it in the real world alongside healthy adults.
For example, youth will help with grocery shopping, budgeting, time management, encouraging one another, problem solving within the house and conflict resolution. They will learn how to love one another by watching the adults and peers in their lives love one another well. Between the life skills curriculum, mentorship program, self-esteem boosting, accomplishing practical goals, discovering passions, and healthy relationships, youth will exit our program completely transformed and will be able to live independent lives. We are excited to implement these proven methods here in our transitional housing program.
91 Place Model
91 Place is a two-year program.
The first year will be in our transitional house with house parents, mentors, life skills curriculum, trauma-informed care and healing, employment assistance, budgeting and saving, cooking and eating together, and completing a Journey Journal. This first year will be the foundation for life transformation and long term growth. We recognize these lofty goals will take more than a year to complete, so the second year will consist of residents residing in a home under the supervision of 91 Place, but it is a much more independent style of living. There will be no house parents, residents will pay rent and buy their own groceries, but as they begin to develop these independent skills, they will have the opportunity to exercise these new skills in the safety of the program. Residents will still have regular meetings and check ins with 91 Place staff, and staff can help mediate conflict as these young adults navigate living as an independent adult.
The first year will be in our transitional house with house