AFC has 58 transitional housing beds in shared apartments throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Young people can reside in our more independent Transitional Housing Programs for up to two years, while they maintain employment, continue their education and prepare for living on their own.
To prepare for moving into a home of their own, all Transitional Housing residents create an in-depth two-year case plan to chart their path to independence. Residents also work with case managers to set long-term educational and vocational goals such as high school equivalency, college enrollment and further employment training. Currently, 77% of our transitional housing residents are in school and 99% are employed.
The program instills accountability in residents to prepare them for independence. Youth are required to open a savings account and work with their case manager to determine how much money they should save each month. Further, all young people attend monthly Learning Independence for Empowerment (LIFE) workshops on various topics to help them become successful adults.
Each resident is paired with a LIFE Coach, a working professional who guides the young person through transitional housing and, ideally, beyond. With no family to rely on, LIFE Coaches often function as a surrogate family, offering a solid touchstone of support for program participants and graduates alike.