“This is my opportunity to make my life better,” Anthony, one of the subjects of “The Homestretch” documentary, says as he graduates from the Teen…
“This is my opportunity to make my life better,” Anthony, one of the subjects of “The Homestretch” documentary, says as he graduates from the Teen Living Program’s Belfort House into one of the programs independent living programs.
Throughout the film, Anthony makes good on that opportunity, overcoming the struggles of homelessness and poverty to earn his GED, hold down two jobs, learn critical IT skills, find an internship, and fight to get his son back. His resilience and determination is inspiring, but it is evident the opportunity would not be possible without TLP’s intensive services.
Belfort House, where we first meet Anthony, is a 24- bed transitional living program for youth ages 17 to 21. Located in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, youth may stay at Belfort House for up to 18 months and engage in productive activities including school, employment, and life skills training. Provided with staff support, youth create Individual Action Plans that serve as roadmaps to help them achieve their goals.
After Anthony graduates from Belfort House, he moves on to TLP’s Clustered and Scattered Site Apartments (CaSSA) program for youth age 18 to 24, who demonstrate the potential for independent living. CaSSA supports up to 10 youth living in their own apartments for up to two years with access to all services. Upon program completion, TLP either transfers the lease to the young person or helps them move into another apartment, effectively transitioning them to permanent housing.
“The Homestretch” screened at the Siskel Film Center for TLP staff and supporters for the CaSSA Programs on Monday, 9/15 and for staff and supports of the Belfort House Program this past Thursday, 9/18. Watch the trailer below and follow the links to learn more about the film, Teen Living Programs, and what you can do to help end youth homelessness.