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A part of something: The importance of transitional living programs within a Housing First framework for youth experiencing homelessness
Year Published: 2016
Children and Youth Services Review
Young people experiencing homelessness face severe threats to their health and well-being, yet little is known about the service sector’s ability to meet their needs. Transitional living programs (TLPs) are one of three core strategies used by the federal government to address youth homelessness. The purpose of this phenomenological, qualitative study was to explore the impact over time of the housing and support services provided by a TLP from the perspectives of formerly homeless youth. The author collected data through in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 32 young people who exited a TLP in Chicago, Illinois between 1 and 11 years ago. Participants considered TLPs to be an essential part of the solution to youth homelessness. They identified themes of family, individual connections, community, and preparedness that they believe uniquely qualify TLPs as a developmentally-appropriate program model for unaccompanied youth in housing crisis. Modified Author Abstract.