Housing for Transitional Aged Youth
In our community (CoC 507), housing for homeless youth is provided through two interventions, the first is Rapid Rehousing for Youth or RRH-Y and the second is the Rights of Passage Apartment Living (ROPAL) Transitional Housing program. All housing programs for transitional aged youth are made available throughout the tri-county area (Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties) and includes the rapid rehousing core components.
Rapid Re-housing core components:
- Housing Identification recruit landlords, match participants to appropriate housing that is decent, safe, will be affordable after their assistance ends, and ensure the household has choice in their housing
- Rent and Move-In Assistance help with the costs associated with moving into housing (e.g., security deposits, utility deposits)
- Case Management and Services provide tailored, voluntary, wrap-around supportive services designed to help households obtain and maintain their housing (e.g., connections to mainstream resources, employment, applying for benefits)
“Our role is facilitative, it’s vital that youth are appreciated as the experts on their own lives”
Rapid Rehousing for Youth or RRH -Y program is offered by the Zebra Coalition. RRH-Y serves youth (defined as less than 25 years of age with no children). Youth receive a tailored rent subsidy for up to two years along with comprehensive, wraparound case management and financial assistance. Services are designed to address the unique needs of the household being assisted to ensure that participants are given all the tools they need to succeed. For more information about Zebra Coalition visit their website at: www.zebrayouth.org.
“Youth are the central change agents and know what will work for them in reaching change”
Rights of Passage Apartment Living, or ROPAL transitional housing program is offered by Covenant House of Florida. ROPAL offers youth up to two years of independent livingin a furnished apartment with supportive case management. They learn to save money and budget to pay rent, utilities, and other necessities. They save their money for their first apartment and focus on earning a living wage. For more information about Covenant House Florida visit their website at: www.covenanthousefl.org.
“All youth have the ability to improve their situation“
For more information about youth resources please visit the Point Source Youth website and check out their toolkits and handbooks.