Youth Homelessness

Youth and young adults in Iowa struggle with homelessness for many reasons. They may have aged out of the foster care system, cannot live safely with a parent or family member, or don't have stable living arrangements. Our programs focus on helping these homeless youth - including pregnant or parenting families - to live independently and become self-sufficient.

Often a last resort for runaway and homeless youth, the YSS Transitional Living (TLP) and Supportive Housing Programs (Rapid Rehousing – RRH) help those who are non-system involved, meaning they are not placed or directly supported by any governmental payment agency. An advocate works one-on-one with each client to help them set and achieve educational, employment, and independent living goals.

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Ames and Boone

Our transitional housing programs include:

  • Transitional Living Program (TLP): Single individuals ages 16 -21
  • Rapid Rehousing: Single individuals ages 18 -24
  • Human Trafficking Rapid Rehousing: Survivors ages 18-24

Des Moines- Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (IHYC)

Our transitional housing programs in Des Moines include:

  • Lighthouse: Families ages 16 -24
  • Rapid Rehousing: Single individuals or families ages 18 -24
  • Tenant-Based Rental Assistance: Single individuals or families ages 18 -24 based on income

Marshalltown

Our transitional housing programs in Marshalltown include:

  • Transitional Living Program (TLP): Single individuals ages 16 -21
  • Rapid Rehousing: Single individuals or families ages 18 -24

Services

Transitional Living Program (TLP)
YSS provides homeless youth and young adults a safe living environment and individualized support to help them reach their goals. Participants may stay in the program for up to 18 months. During this time, youth work one-on-one with Transitional Living Advocates to create and execute a plan to help them acquire safe and secure housing, stable employment and overall self-sufficiency. Youth are expected to place a portion of their salary in a savings account for use after leaving the program.

Rapid Rehousing
Youth (age 18-24) can move into their own stable housing with our Rapid Rehousing program. Youth live in their own apartment with a lease in their name, with receiving support from Rapid Rehousing Advocates. While in the program, youth receive rent assistance over 12 months as they work to obtain stable employment at a livable wage and achieve overall self-sufficiency.

Human Trafficking Rapid Rehousing
Survivors (age 18-24) can move into their own stable housing with our Human Trafficking Rapid Rehousing program. Survivors live in their own apartment with a lease in their name, with receiving support from Rapid Rehousing Advocates. This program pays 100%  of rent and utilities for a 12 month period, helping survivors heal and achieve overall self-sufficiency.

 

 

 

Lighthouse Program
Homeless families (ages 16 -24) and their children can live at the Lighthouse duplexes for up to 24 months. While in the program, these youth receive a safe living environment, and also assistance in life and parenting skill building. A portion of their salary goes to savings that they receive when they gain self-sufficiency and move into permanent housing.

Tenant-Based Rental Assistance
Aftercare and homeless youth and their families (age 18-24) can move into their own stable housing with our Tenant-Based Rental Assistance program. Youth live in their own apartment with a lease in their name, with receiving support from an Advocate. While in the program, youth receive 12 months of rental assistance based on their income.

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Please feel free to contact us with questions or for more information. If your request is urgent in nature, we request you contact us by phone at 515.233.3141.