In 1990, after 10 years of successfully operating a youth emergency shelter, YSFS launched the Transitional Living Program (TLP). The Program serves homeless youth and pregnant/parenting adolescents ages 17-21 for up to 18 months in a supervised apartment setting. TLP assists youth with life skills training, counseling, educational support and workforce development. In this setting youth are able to gain the skills to live independently and become active members of their community.
One of the program’s primary objectives is to help young people to identify their strengths as well as those areas they want to develop. As in all YSFS programs, TLP uses a strengths-based approach, assisting residents in finding solutions and accomplishing goals that will take them to a new level of independence. Success in the program is measured by how well each individual succeeds in meeting the goals they set.
TLP has capacity for 10 youth, including several apartments that are reserved for pregnant or parenting youth. We are able to accept single parent families with a single child only, for these spots.
TLP residents have busy schedules with school and work. Program requirements include each youth spending at least 20 hours per week engaged in one or both of those pursuits. To help youth learn financial management skills, rent is charged to each resident at a rate of $100/month. Rent is returned to youth after completion of the program to aid them in securing ongoing safe and stable housing.
Rapid Re-Housing Program/STAR (Supporting Transitions to Adulthood through Rehousing)
Supporting Transitions to Adulthood through Rehousing (STAR) at YSFS is our newest residential program for youth in Santa Fe County. The STAR program serves youth who meet the HUD’s definition of Homelessness and are between the ages of 18-24.
Apartments, rooms to rent, and co-habitation opportunities in the community are considered as STAR staff work with youth to find a rental situation that is appropriate, based on the individual needs of each youth. Financial support will be provided for first month’s rent, utilities, and background checks. Ongoing case management, access and organization of community supports, and rental subsidy will be provided. Leases, utilities, and all property rules/requirements will be in in their name and the sole responsibility of the youth.
The STAR program is a low barrier program providing access to housing for homeless youth in Santa Fe County. National results from Rapid Rehousing programs show that housing ishealthcare, is vital for emotional and mental stability, is a major contributor to finding and maintain sobriety, and a major factor in determining safety for those fleeing domestic violence situations.
STAR program can house 8 youth at any one time, with availability for one parenting youth. Leases must be for properties within Santa Fe County. Any safe rentals will be investigated and pursued that fall within the Safe Housing and Rent Reasonableness guidelines as provided by HUD. Each month the resident’s percentage of responsibility for the rental amount will increase according to their income. The program can be completed in just a few months, or offer up to 24 months of support and case management for the resident. Monthly case management meetings will determine the participant’s needs to achieve success. Working with community partners and identified supports, each youth will be provided with the tools that they need to be successful in a long term, safe and stable living situation. The goal is stable housing and the pathway is determined by each young person.
To be admitted into Youth Shelters’ STAR Program youth must meet the following criteria:
Between the ages of 18 and 23;
Homeless as defined by the HUD definition below
Motivated, determined, and committed to earning a living and paying rent
Able to follow rental agreement rules
Able to meet with YSFS Case Manager at least monthly in the youth’s home
Looking to rent within Santa Fe County
Homelessness as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
1.Someone who is sleeping in a place not designated for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (incl. vehicle, park, abandoned building, airport, bus/train station)
2.Someone who is living in a publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living arrangements (incl. congregate shelters, transitional housing, hotels/motels paid for by charitable organizations. or federal/state/local government programs)
3.Someone who is exiting an institution (and was “Literally Homeless” immediately prior to entry into the institution)
4.Someone who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence within 14 days*AND* has no subsequent residence identified *AND* lacks the resources or support networks needed to obtain other permanent housing
5.Individual fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions related to violence against the individual *AND* who has no identified subsequent residence *AND* lacks the resources or support networks needed to obtain other permanent housing