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Adolescent Housing Hub




What is the Adolescent Housing Hub (AHH or The Hub)?

The Adolescent Housing Hub is a program managed by the Office of Adolescent Services under the Department of Children and Families. The program is a real-time database designed to assist youth with placement in a transitional or permanent housing program.



What happens when I call PerformCare?

When you call PerformCare, you will be asked a series of questions about yourself, your current living situation and needs for housing.  Based on the details given, your name will be posted on the Hub and the name and contact information for three (3) housing programs that have immediate openings will be given for you to follow up.  Those three housing programs will also have your information and will be outreaching to you as well in order to set up a date for an interview.



How can I get to a program?

Most of the programs are within walking distance of public transportation.  If you are a DCF involved youth, your case worker or care manager can transport you to the program.  If you are not a DCF-involved youth and you are not able to access public transportation, be sure to inform the housing program that you are in need of transportation to the program.  Not all programs are able to transport youth.



Do I have to pay rent?

Every program has different requirements.  You may be required to pay rent or a program fee monthly.  This amount should be no more than 30% of your gross income.



Do I have to work or go to school?

Each program requires that you become employed and/or go to post secondary or vocational training if you have a high school diploma or GED. If you do not have a high school diploma or GED, the housing program will assist you in enrolling and obtaining your diploma or GED.



Can I have a pet?

Most programs do not allow pets. Check with your program.



Adolescent Housing Hub Program Descriptions

Supervised Transitional Living Program (STLP)

STLP is a licensed, supervised, time-limited housing program with supported services targeted for 16-21 year old homeless and/or DCF involved youth. The program is designed to assist youth with:

  • Learning daily living and life skills
  • Obtaining employment, furthering their education
  • Preparing them for independent living, reunification with family, or another permanent arrangement.

The length of stay in a STLP is typically 18 to 24 months. Youth participation in program services is a mandatory requirement to maintain residency in the program.

Transitional Living Program (TLP)

TLP is a non-licensed, semi-supervised, time-limited housing program with supported services targeted for 18-21 year old homeless and/or DCF involved youth. The program is designed to assist youth with learning daily living and life skills, obtaining employment, furthering their education, and preparing them for independent living, reunification with family, or another permanency arrangement. The length of stay in a TLP varies by program.  Youth participation in program services is a mandatory requirement to maintain residency in the program.

Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)

PSH is a non-licensed, permanent-optional housing program with voluntary supported services targeted to 18-21 year old homeless and/or DCF involved youth.  The length of stay in a PSH program is not time-limited. The provision of housing is not contingent on utilizing services. Youth in PSH programs have a lease or sublet. Youth/tenants pay some portion of their income toward rent, not to exceed 30 percent. Provider agencies are responsible to use appropriate and ongoing engagement strategies to all tenants, even those refusing services.

Housing Model Housing Type Age Range Length of Stay
STLP Supervised 16-21 18-24 Months
TLP Semi-supervised 18-21 Varies by Program
PSH Permanent 18-21 Not Time Limited


Important Links

www.transitionsforyouth.org

http://www.state.nj.us/dcf/divisions/adolescent.html

http://www.state.nj.us/dcf/divisions/advocacy.html

http://www.2ndfloor.org/

http://njyouth4youth.com/