Empowering Youth to Live Independently
Necco's Independent Living program is where former foster kids learn the skills needed to succeed as an adult. Read below to learn more.
What is Independent living?
Independent Living (IL) is a program for foster children who “age out” of the system. It is a stepping stone for youth to gain independence and learn the life skills needed to thrive on their own. In our IL program you will benefit from the following services:
- 24-hour crisis support
- Educational assistance
- Employment assistance
- Parenting skill education
- Treatment planning
- Assistance with housing costs
- Fully furnished apartments
- Monthly food allowance
- Utility assistance
- Home Internet services
- Community integration
- Transportation assistance
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING?
- Depending on the state, applicants must be age 16 to 21 or age 18 to 21.
- Must be in the foster care/residential system.
- Must work full-time or go to school full-time, or do both part-time.
- Must attend a monthly independent living course.
- Other requirements vary by state.
HOW DO I GET REFERRED?
Youth must be in the custody of children’s services, and their county worker can make the referral. You may also be referred by the DJJ (Department of Juvenile Justice).
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCESS TYPICALLY TAKE?
When Necco receives the referral for a youth wanting to move into Independent Living, we schedule an interview with them and complete the necessary paperwork. If accepted, you can usually move into an IL apartment within one week.
"I like that you have a sense of freedom yet you aren’t completely alone during the entire process. I like that you’re able to get help when it’s needed."
The Necco Experience
Necco is a close-knit, social organization that takes pride in helping youths reach their fullest potential. We’re committed to those we serve and we work hard to ensure the absolute best guidance is offered to the youth in our care. Once placed in our GATEWAY program, we will be a constant source of support to ensure you have the best possible connection with your case manager, leading to the best possible outcome.
"I like how they help you grow. Not only as an adult but as a human being. Having the help and support whenever I need it is so great."