Independent Living

Valley Youth House - Achieving Independence Center (AIC) - Philadelphia

Southeast Independent Living Regional Director:  Allison Moore
Referrals and Questions: 
Colleen Landy, Associate Director, Achieving Independence Center
P:  215-574-9194 x233
Address: Achieving Independence Center
1415 North Broad Street, Suite 100 Philadelphia, PA 19122
Referral Source: Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Foster Care & Group Home Service Providers, Individuals, Families, and Community Agencies
Eligibility: Member of the Achieving Independence Center – To qualify youth must:

  • Be between 16 and 21 years old;
  • Be in or have been in out-of-home placement at or after age 16; and
  • Have been adjudicated dependent OR dependent and delinquent with shared case management responsibility between DHS and the juvenile probation office.

Exclusions: Non-members of the Achieving Independence Center or individuals who lost their membership privileges.
Length of Membership: Up to age 21
Program Description:  The AIC is a "one-stop shop" designed to help youth transitioning from dependent care achieve their future goals of self-sufficiency. The AIC is a collaborative project sponsored by the Philadelphia Department of Human Services and managed by Valley Youth House. The Center provides access to a full range of independent living services to meet each youth's individual transition needs. Services include: life skills training, mentoring, family planning, housing assistance, educational support services, computer literacy, employment and career planning, and personal development. On-site partner agencies including Action AIDS, Pathways PA, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA, and Temple University provide specialized supports including workshops, tutoring, community events and one-on-one counseling. The AIC's model works to provide easy access to a wide range of services in one convenient location. The Center is open to youth Monday-Thursday 11am-7pm, Friday 12pm-5pm, and Saturday 11am-3pm. Summer hours from late June through August are Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday 12pm-5pm and Saturday 11am-3pm.

 

 

Valley Youth House – Supportive Housing Program (SHP) – Philadelphia

Southeast Independent Living Regional Director: Allison Moore
Referrals and questions:
Lamya Broussard
, Therapist
P:  215-925-3180 x311
Shani Meacham, JD
, Director-Residential Programs
P:  215-597-9194 x238
Address: Valley Youth House – Greater Philadelphia
1415 North Broad Street, Suite 100 Philadelphia, PA  19122
Referral Source: Achieving Independence Center, Individuals, Families, Philadelphia Shelters, Community Agencies
Eligibility: Currently homeless single male or female youth, parenting, and pregnant teens between the ages of 16 and 20 ½ who were in the custody of public child welfare on or after their 16th birthday, and were discharged from care. Voluntary participation and high level of motivation are necessary. Demonstrated ability to live independently with at least twice weekly meetings with assigned Life Skills Counselor.
Exclusions: Acutely suicidal or homicidal youth or youth actively using drugs or alcohol. Youth with pending criminal charges are considered case by case.
Length of Stay: Minimum of three months and maximum of 24 months; Up to 21.5 years of age
Program Description: Valley Youth House SHP provides scattered-site, individual apartments for homeless youth who have transitioned out of the foster care system. Youth live in their apartment within Philadelphia County. They are provided with rental and utility assistance, basic household items & furnishings upon moving in, and emergency food & transportation aid. They also receive life skills, individual, group and family counseling. Youth need to be motivated and voluntarily enter the program. Youth attend local high schools, colleges or GED classes and must be working. Youth receive counseling for career and educational planning, money management, permanent housing options, medical & sexual health, parenting, social skills, and how to access appropriate community services. Staff members are available 24 hours a day by telephone. Life Skills Counselors meet with each individual at least twice per week to assist them in reaching their goals. Counselors hold bachelors or masters degrees in human services, social work or related field.

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Valley Youth House – Supervised Independent Living (SIL) – Philadelphia

Southeast Independent Living Regional Director:  Allison Moore
Referrals and questions:
Shani Meacham, JD
, Director-Residential Programs
P:  215-597-9194 x238
Lamya Broussard, Intake/Therapist
P:  215-925-3180 x311
Address: Valley Youth House – Philadelphia
1415 North Broad Street, Suite 100 Philadelphia, PA  19122
Referral Source: Philadelphia Department of Human Services
Eligibility: Single male or female youth, parenting, and pregnant teens between the ages of 17 ½ and 20 ½ who are in the custody of public child welfare. Voluntary participation and high level of motivation are necessary. Demonstrated ability to live independently with at least twice weekly meetings with assigned Life Skills Counselor.
Exclusions: Acutely suicidal or homicidal youth or youth actively using drugs or alcohol. Youth with pending criminal charges are considered case by case.
Length of Stay: Up to the age of 21
Program Description: Valley Youth House SIL program provides scattered-site, individual apartments for youth transitioning out of the foster care system. Youth live in their apartment within Philadelphia County. They are provided with rental and utility assistance, money for food and personal needs, a SEPTA transpass, as well as life skills, individual, group and family counseling. Youth need to be motivated and voluntarily enter the program. Youth attend local high schools, colleges or GED classes and must be working or actively seeking employment. Youth receive counseling for career and educational planning, money management, permanent housing options, medical & sexual health, parenting, social skills, and how to access appropriate community services. Staff members are available 24 hours a day by telephone. Counselors hold bachelors or masters degrees in human services, social work or related field.

 

 

Valley Youth House – Great Beginnings

Vice President Independent Living: Bill Motsavage
Referrals and questions:
Lisa Weingartner,
Director
P:  610 317-0721
Address: Valley Youth House,  511 East Third Street, Suite 28, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Referral Sources: Youth, child welfare/county children and youth agencies, probation and police officers, teachers, other social services agencies, etc.
Eligibility: Parenting or pregnant mothers or fathers between the ages of 16 and 21 and their child(ren). Voluntary participation and high level of motivation are necessary.
Exclusions: Youth in the custody of county children and youth or probation agencies. Youth who are acutely suicidal or homicidal or youth who are using drugs or alcohol.
Length of Stay: Up to 24 months or the age of 21
Program Description: Valley Youth House Maternity Group Home program provides semi-supervised and individual apartments for parenting and pregnant homeless and runaway youth and their children. Life skills, parenting, individual, group and family counseling are provided. Money for food and transportation are provided. Youth are given appropriate freedom and responsibility in order to prepare them for independence. Youth primarily attend local high schools, colleges or GED classes. Youth receive counseling for employment, educational planning, money management, budgeting, house planning, parenting, social skills, and how to access appropriate community services. Staff are available 24 hours a day. Counselors hold bachelors or masters degrees. The MGH apartments are located in the Allentown area.

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Valley Youth House

- Realistic Environment for Adolescent Living (REAL-Lehigh Valley)
- Realistic Environment for Adolescent Living (REAL-Luzerne)
- Realistic Environment for Adolescent Living Mother/Baby (REAL M/B)

Vice President Independent Living: Bill Motsavage
Referrals and questions:
Lisa Weingartner
, Director
P:  610 317-0721
Nichole Laiuvara
P:  570-704-0626 (Luzerne)
Addresses:
Valley Youth House, 511 East Third Street, Suite 28, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Valley Youth House, 67 Public Square, Suite 520, Wilkes-Barre, PA  18701 (Luzerne)
Referral Sources: Youth, child welfare/county children and youth agencies, probation and police officers, teachers, other social services agencies, etc.
Eligibility: Single male or female youth, pregnant and parenting youth between the ages of 15 ½ and 21 and their child(ren). Youth who are in the custody of public child welfare or juvenile probation. Voluntary participation and high level of motivation are necessary.
Exclusions: Youth who are acutely suicidal or homicidal or youth who are using drugs or alcohol.
Length of Stay: Up to the age of 21
Program Description: Valley Youth House REAL and REAL M/B programs provides semi-supervised independent living for youth transitioning out of a more structured setting or foster care. Youth live in groups of apartments or homes with other housemates. Life skills, individual, group and family counseling are provided. Money for food and transportation are provided. Youth are given appropriate freedom and responsibility in order to prepare them for independence. Youth attend local high schools, colleges or GED classes. Youth receive counseling for employment, educational planning, money management, budgeting, house planning, parenting, social skills, and how to access appropriate community services. Staff are available 24 hours a day. Counselors hold bachelors or masters degrees. The REAL and REAL M/B apartments are located in the Allentown and Bethlehem areas.


 

Valley Youth House

-- Life Skills Development Program -- Chester County
-- Supervised Independent Living (SIL) -- Delaware County
-- Supervised Independent Living (SIL) -- Lancaster County

-- Supervised Independent Living (SIL) -- Lehigh Valley
-- Supervised Independent Living (SIL) -- Luzerne
-- Supervised Independent Living (SIL) -- York

Vice President Independent Living: Bill Motsavage
Referrals and questions: Chester County
Rachel Snow, Life Skills Development Program Supervisor for Chester County
P:  484-999-8214
F:  484-999-8225
Address: 200 South Church Street West Chester, PA  19382
Referral Source: Children Youth and Family Services and Juvenile Probation in Chester County.
Eligibility: Youth ages 15-21, receiving services from Chester County Children, Youth and Family Services, as well as youth on juvenile probation in Chester County.
Exclusions: N/A
Length of membership: Ages 15-21Program description: The Chester County Life Skills Development program has been developed to assist youth in making a successful transition to living on their own.  The program provides group and individual life skills and job development instruction and support.  In addition to the life skill groups, workshops and events are held on a bi-monthly basis and aftercare services are provided to aftercare youth.

 

Referrals and questions: Delaware County
Rebekah Heinberger, Independent Living Program Supervisor for Delaware County
P:  484 442-8462
F:  484-443-8247
Address:  215 North Olive Street, Suite 203 Media, PA  19063
Referral Source: Children and Youth Services and Juvenile Probation in Delaware County
Eligibility:  Youth between the ages of 16-21, who are either in foster care or on juvenile probation.
Exclusions:  Youth cannot be actively drug or alcohol involved and must not present as a danger to themselves or others.
Length of membership: Between the ages of 16-21
Program description:  The Delaware County Supervised Independent Living Program is a residential program that assists youth in making a successful transition to living on their own.  The program exists to help youth learn responsibility and become more independent through having opportunities to make choices about their lives and by experiencing the logical and natural consequences of their decisions. 
 

 

Referrals and questions: Lancaster County
Michael Ortiz, MSW, Independent Living Program Superviser for Lancaster County
P:  717 945-6273
F:  717 945-6689
Address: Valley Youth House, 131 Centerville Road, Suite A3, Lancaster PA  17603
Referral Sources: Lancaster County Office of Children and Youth, Lancaster Juvenile Probation Office
Eligibility: Single male or female youth between the ages of 16-21, pregnant or parenting youth who are in the custody of public child welfare, Voluntary participation, high level of motivation and a demonstrated ability to live independently are necessary.
Exclusions: Acutely suicidal or homicidal youth or youth actively using drugs or alcohol.  Youth with pending criminal charges are considered case by case.
Length of stay: Up to the age of 21.
Program description: Valley Youth House SIL program provides semi-supervised small group living with individual rooms, common living areas, and scattered site individual apartments for youth transitioning out of the foster care system.  All youth are provided with housing, utilities, household goods, and a weekly stipend for food and personal items.  Youth receive counseling for career and educational planning, money management, permanent housing options, medical and sexual health, parenting, social skills, how to access appropriate community services, permanency planning, and other life skills.  Youth need to be motivated and voluntarily enter the program.  Youth attend local high schools, colleges, or GED classes and must be working, actively seeking employment, or engaged in other productive activities.  Youth are supervised by a live in staff member who is available in the afternoon through overnight hours and a life-skills case manager who is responsible for all counseling activities.  Youth will have access to staff 24 hours a day by telephone.  Life-skills case managers hold bachelors or masters degrees in human services, social work or related field.  All sites located in Lancaster County.

 

Referrals and questions:  Lehigh Valley
Lisa Weingartner,
Independent Living Program Director for Lehigh Valley
P:  610 317-0721                                   
Address: Valley Youth House, 511 East Third Street, Suite 28, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Referral Sources: Youth, child welfare/county children and youth agencies, probation and police officers, teachers, other social services agencies, etc.
Eligibility: Single male or female youth, pregnant and parenting youth and their child(ren) between the ages of 17 ½ and 21. Youth who are in the custody of public child welfare or juvenile probation. Voluntary participation and high level of motivation are necessary.
Exclusions: Youth who are acutely suicidal or homicidal or youth who are using drugs or alcohol.
Length of Stay: Up to the age of 21
Program Description: Valley Youth House SIL program provides individual apartments for youth transitioning from a more structured setting or foster care. Youth live in their own apartment and are provided with rental and utility assistance, money for food and transportation, as well as life skills, individual, group and family counseling. Youth need to be motivated and voluntarily enter the program. Youth attend local high schools, colleges or GED classes and must be working or actively seeking employment. Youth receive counseling for employment, educational planning, money management, budgeting, house planning, parenting, social skills, and how to access appropriate community services. Staff are available 24 hours a day. Counselors hold bachelors or masters degrees. The SIL – Lehigh Valley apartments are located in the Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton areas.

 

Referrals and questions:  Luzerne
Nichole Laiuvara, Independent Living Program Director for Luzerne
P:  570 704-0626
Address: Valley Youth House, 511 East Third Street, Suite 28, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Referral Sources: Youth, child welfare/county children and youth agencies, probation and police officers, teachers, other social services agencies, etc.
Eligibility: Single male or female youth, pregnant and parenting youth and their child(ren) between the ages of 17 ½ and 21. Youth who are in the custody of public child welfare or juvenile probation. Voluntary participation and high level of motivation are necessary.
Exclusions: Youth who are acutely suicidal or homicidal or youth who are using drugs or alcohol.
Length of Stay: Up to the age of 21.
Program Description: Valley Youth House SIL program provides individual apartments for youth transitioning from a more structured setting or foster care. Youth live in their own apartment and are provided with rental and utility assistance, money for food and transportation, as well as life skills, individual, group and family counseling. Youth need to be motivated and voluntarily enter the program. Youth attend local high schools, colleges or GED classes and must be working or actively seeking employment. Youth receive counseling for employment, educational planning, money management, budgeting, house planning, parenting, social skills, and how to access appropriate community services. Staff are available 24 hours a day. Counselors hold bachelors or masters degrees.

 

Referrals and questions:  York County
Michael Ortiz, MSW, Independent Living Program Superviser for York County.
P: 717-945-6273
Address:  131 Centerville Road Suite A-3 Lancaster, PA 17603
Referral Source:  York County Office of Children and Youth, Lancaster Juvenile Probation Office
Eligibility:  Single male or female youth between the ages of 16-21 who are in the custody of public child welfare. Voluntary participation, high level of motivation and a demonstrated ability to live independently are necessary.
Exclusions:  Acutely suicidal or homicidal youth or youth actively using drugs or alcohol. Youth with pending criminal charges are considered case by case.
Length of stay:  Up to the age of 21.
Program description:  Valley Youth House SIL program provides semi-supervised small group living with individual rooms, common living areas, and older youth in foster care. Sites are located in York County, specifically in the city of York. The goal of the SIL program is to prepare youth for the transition from the child welfare system to independence.  All youth are provided with housing, utilities, household goods, and a weekly stipend for food and personal items. Youth receive counseling for career and educational planning, money management, permanent housing options, medical & sexual health, parenting, social skills, how to access appropriate community services, permanency planning, and other life skills. Youth need to be motivated and voluntarily enter the program. Youth attend local high schools, colleges or GED classes and must be working, actively seeking employment, or engaged in other productive activities.  Youth are supervised by a live in staff member who is available in the afternoon through overnight hours and a life-skills case manager who is responsible for all counseling activities. Youth will have access to staff 24 hours a day by telephone. Life-skills case managers hold bachelors or masters degrees in human services, social work or related field.

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Valley Youth House

- Adolescents Achieving Independence (AAI)
- Montgomery County Independent Living Program

Vice President Independent Living:   Bill Motsavage
Referrals and questions: Lehigh, Northampton, and Carbon Counties
Linda Rolley                                                                                     
P:  610 317-0721                                                                                
Addresses: Valley Youth House, 511 East Third Street, Suite 28, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Referral Sources: Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, and Montgomery County Children and Youth Agencies, and former foster care youth age 16 to 21.
Eligibility: Current and former dependent youth ages 16 to 21. Voluntary participation is required.
Exclusions: Youth placed outside of the four identified counties will receive limited services or be referred to a local IL provider.
Length of Stay:Up to the age of 21
Program Description:The AAI and Montgomery County IL programs provide out-client individual and group counseling focused on assisting youth in making a successful transition to independence. Participants receive assistance in developing and implementing an individual goal plan centered on housing, education, employment, and life skills goals. Services are provided primarily in the foster home, group home, community, or one of two IL offices. Two main components exist in the AAI and Montco IL programs: regular IL and aftercare. Regular IL services are provided to young people still in foster care while aftercare services are available to former dependent youth up to the age of 21. Limited funds are available in the form of stipends to assist youth in obtaining IL goals.

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Valley Youth House - Montgomery County Housing 101 Program

Vice President Independent Living: Bill Motsavage
Referrals and questions:
Ashley Selmasska, MS
P:  610 272-2946
Address: Valley Youth House, 2500 DeKalb Pike, Suite 202 Norristown, PA 19401
Referral Sources: Self referrals and Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth.
Eligibility: Former dependent youth from Montgomery County ages 18 to 21 at entry. Voluntary participation is required.
Exclusions: Youth who display suicidal or homicidal ideation, are actively using drugs or alcohol, or who otherwise present a danger to themselves or the community.
Length of Stay: Up to three years.
Program Description: Housing 101 assists youth in locating and obtaining an apartment in the community. Valley Youth House provides funds for security deposits, rent, start-up furnishings, and transportation. Participants are responsible for paying monthly rent co-pays of 30% of their adjusted gross income to their landlord.  Youth receive individual and group counseling focused on developing and implementing an individual plan for independence. The plan and services include obtaining and retaining employment, educational planning, money management, budgeting, housing planning, parenting, social skills, and how to access appropriate community services. Youth need to be motivated and voluntarily enter the program. Youth attend local high schools, colleges, or GED classes and if not working must be actively seeking employment. Staff are available 24 hours a day. Counselors hold bachelors or masters degrees. Housing 101 apartments may be located anywhere in Montgomery County.

 

 

Valley Youth House - Bucks County Supportive Housing Program (B-SHP)

Vice President Independent LivingBill Motsavage
Referrals and Questions:
Ashley Selmasska
P:  610 272-2946                 
Valerie Burton
P:  610-272-2946
Address: 800 North York Road, Building #22 Warminster, PA  18974
Referral Sources: Self referral, schools, child welfare/county children and youth agencies (non-adjucated youth), teachers, other social services agencies, etc.
Eligibility: Single male or female youth, pregnant and parenting youth and their child(ren) between the ages of 18 and 21 at entry.  Youth must meet homeless criteria set by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and may not be in the custody of public child welfare or juvenile probation.  Voluntary participation and high level of motivation are necessary.
Exclusions: Youth who are acutely suicidal or homicidal, currently using drugs or alcohol, or who present a safety risk to themselves or others.
Length of Stay: Maximum 2 years.
Program Description: SHP assists youth in locating and obtaining an apartment in Bucks County.  Valley Youth House provides funds for security deposits, rent, start-up furnishings, transportation, and limited food assistance.  Participants are responsible for paying monthly rent co-pays up to 30% of their adjusted gross income.  Youth receive individual and group case management focused on developing and implementing an individual plan for independence.  The plan and services include obtaining and retaining employment, educational planning, money management, community services.  Youth need to be motivated and voluntarily enter the program.  Youth attend local high schools, colleges or GED classes and if not working must be actively seeking employment.

 

 

Valley Youth House – Lehigh Valley Supportive Housing Program (LV-SHP)

Vice President Independent Living: Bill Motsavage
Referrals and questions:
Michele Engler-Albright
P:  610 317-0721
Address: Valley Youth House, 511 East Third Street, Suite 28, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Referral Sources: Self referral, schools, child welfare/county children and youth agencies (non-adjudicated youth), teachers, other social services agencies, etc.
Eligibility: Single male or female youth, pregnant and parenting youth and their child(ren) between the ages of 17 ½ and 21 at entry. Youth must meet homeless criteria set by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and may not be in the custody of public child welfare or juvenile probation. Voluntary participation and high level of motivation are necessary.
Exclusions: Youth who are acutely suicidal or homicidal, currently using drugs or alcohol, or who present a safety risk to themselves or others.
Length of Stay: Maximum of 2 years.
Program Description: LV-SHP assists youth in locating and obtaining an apartment in the community. Valley Youth House provides funds for security deposits, rent, start-up furnishings, transportation, and limited food assistance. Participants are responsible for paying monthly rent co-pays up to 30% of their adjusted gross income.  Youth receive individual and group counseling focused on developing and implementing an individual plan for independence. The plan and services include obtaining and retaining employment, educational planning, money management, budgeting, housing planning, parenting, social skills, and how to access appropriate community services. Youth need to be motivated and voluntarily enter the program. Youth attend local high schools, colleges or GED classes and if not working must be actively seeking employment. Staff are available 24 hours a day. Counselors hold bachelors or masters degrees. LV-SHP apartments may be located anywhere in Lehigh Valley.

 

 

Valley Youth House – Transitional Living Program (TLP-Federal)

Vice President Independent Living: Bill Motsavage
Referrals and questions:
Lisa Weingartner, Director
P:  610 317-0721
Trisch Walters

P:  610 317-0721
Address: Valley Youth House, 511 East Third Street, Suite 28, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Referral Sources: Youth, child welfare/county children and youth agencies, probation and police officers, teachers, other social services agencies, etc.
Eligibility: Single male or female youth between the ages of 16 and 21. Voluntary participation and high level of motivation are necessary.
Exclusions: Youth in the custody of county children and youth or probation agencies. Youth who are acutely suicidal or homicidal or youth who are using drugs or alcohol.
Length of Stay: Up to 24 months or the age of 21
Program Description: Valley Youth House TLP-Federal program provides semi-supervised independent living for homeless and runaway youth. Youth live in groups of apartments with housemates in a semi-staffed setting. "TAKE TOUR" Life skills, individual, group and family counseling are provided. Money for food and transportation are provided. Youth are given appropriate freedom and responsibility in order to prepare them for independence. Youth primarily attend local high schools, colleges or GED classes. Youth receive counseling for employment, educational planning, money management, budgeting, house planning, parenting, social skills, and how to access appropriate community services. Staff are available 24 hours a day. Counselors hold bachelors or masters degrees. The TLP-Federal apartments are located in the Allentown and Bethlehem area.

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