It is vital for young adults to understand the various types of housing and placement resources and options available to them.
- Supervised Independent Living Placements (SILPs) are placements where children live on their own in the community under the supervision of the county. This program provides a transitional experience for children to live semi- or totally independently. Youth in this program are usually age 18 or older at the time of admission and will have received their high school diploma or GED. Each SILP apartment is fully equipped so that youth are learning meal preparation, housekeeping, financial management, and other skills needed for living independently.
- Some children/teens may remain in the homes of their relatives, with non-related family members, in foster family homes, in foster family agencies, or with non-related legal guardians.
- The Transitional Housing Program (THP)-Plus is a transitional housing placement opportunity for young adults aged 18-24 who have emancipated from the child welfare system. The program's goal is to provide the youth with a safe living environment and life skills so they can achieve self-sufficiency. Support services include regular visits to participants' residences, educational guidance, employment counseling, and assistance reaching emancipation goals. Participation in the THP-Plus is subject to county rules and regulations, the availability of safe and affordable housing, and the availability of program providers. Once the young adult is accepted into the program, a host home or apartment rental unit is provided. The maximum time for THP-Plus participation is 24 months.
- Group home placement provides the most restrictive out-of-home placement option for children in foster care. They provide a placement option for children with significant emotional or behavioral problems who require more restrictive environments.
- The Casey Family Programs provides a guide with information about transition services including housing options, finances, making a housing plan, developing housing connections in the community, financial resources for housing, and much more.
- Housing options for youth leaving foster care can sometimes be limited. Visit Alternative College Housing Options for When Campus Residence Halls are Closed to learn more about the housing options available for these youth, including planning of transition, funding for services, housing resources, partnerships with public housing, family unification programs, and much more.
- Foster Care Alumni offers information about renting and rental tips, mortgage resources, information on financial literacy, and other financial resources.
- craigslist is a free online resource for housing options, ranging from apartment/house rentals to roommates to subletting. NOTE: Youth should take every precaution to maintain safety and security. It is suggested that youth conduct due diligence when using craigslist for housing.