Therapeutic support + real-world skills.
We provide Independent Living for youth 18-21 to prepare them for life on their own.
Independent Living in Ohio is a stepping stone for youth to gain independence before leaving the foster care system. A significant portion of the homeless population in Ohio are former foster youth. By providing these young people the opportunity to enter into Independent Living and secure, affordable housing before leaving the foster care system, we can decrease the number of former foster youth who become homeless.
HOW INDEPENDENT LIVING WORKS IN OHIO
Youth who are 16-21 are referred to Necco and interviewed by the Independent Living team leader or Independent Living Case Manager. In most cases, they will immediately learn whether or not they've been accepted into the program. If so, an apartment is secured and furnished, and the youth moves in within 1-2 weeks. Once in Independent Living, the teen is seen weekly by their Necco Case Manager to assist them in enrolling in college, securing employment, budgeting, maintaining the apartment, scheduling/attending medical appointments, and any other needs the youth may have.
They are also required to attend a monthly Independent Living group where they learn vital skills that cover topics such as:
- First Aid/CPR
- preparing/cooking meals
- healthy relationships
- budgeting and finances
- housing programs
- and more
Youth will remain in the program until they leave the county’s custody. At that time, they are given the money in their savings account and will be in long-term, sustainable housing they can afford.
WHAT MAKES NECCO DIFFERENT?
When enrolling a young person into Necco IL’s program, Necco works to place them in a scattered site location where they may already have connections in the community. If they are in school, work in a specific area or have a connection to family or a former foster family, Neco will secure an apartment in that area of town. Necco also has emergency apartments available for emergency situations when a young person needs to be placed immediately until the most appropriate IL setting can be secured.
HOW DO I GET REFERRED?
- Youth must be in the custody of children’s services, and their county worker can make the referral.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCESS TYPICALLY TAKE?
- Once Necco receives the referral for a youth needing/wanting to move into Independent Living we schedule an interview with them within 3 days. If they are accepted into the program, they can move into an IL apartment within one week.
DO I GET STIPENDS?
- $200 monthly grocery stipend, $70 monthly allowance, and a monthly bus pass.