photo by brtsergio via flickr. Note: this photo is not typical of shelters available to youth over…
Are you 18 and homeless, looking for help with housing or shelter? You have options, but you need to understand which facility is best for your needs.
Being homeless at the age of 18 may expand your housing options, but depending on the city, it may also limiting them as well. Generally speaking, there are 3 housing categories.
Youth shelters usually provide emergency housing for youth between the ages of 12 and 17.
Youth shelters/transitional living programs (TLPs) are generally geared towards those between the ages of 18 to 21 (in some cases up to 24).
Adult shelters are for those over the age of 18 (in some cases over 21).
If you are 18, you may feel more comfortable being around a population similar in age. Most large cities do have youth shelters that house youth between the ages of 18 and 21.
However, smaller cities or those with limited resources may only have adult shelters for those over 21. A majority of adult shelters require their residents to leave on a daily basis and sometimes there isn’t a guarantee that you’ll receive a bed the following night, even if you return when doors open. Most youth shelters for young adults don’t require for their residents to leave on a daily basis.
Many youth shelters will also offer TLPs, which are longer term housing programs for young adults. TLPs vary in range for the length of stay from 6 months to up to 24 months.
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