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There are 44,000 Homeless adults in the US over age 65. That number is expected to double over the next 40 years. Since 2011, Transitions has served 235 (78 just last year alone) older adults over age 62. In fact, 100% of our older clients have incomes below the federal poverty line and 50% are unemployed. Health concerns are also higher, but 26% of older adults do not have health insurance when they arrive at Transitions.

In an effort to develop programs that can help this population achieve greater success in transitioning into independent living within our community, Transitions now has the Actively Aging Program. The curriculum focuses on 4 key topics: Health, Finances, Housing and End of Life planning. Classes will focus on community outreach and advocacy. Clinical staff partners with area agencies and programs to ensure that older homeless residents at Transitions have easy access to all the resources they need. The new program also addresses caregiver support services and provides help locating affordable housing options that provide the services and care needed by the elderly population.

THE YOUTH PROGRAM

The Transitions Youth Program is designed to link 18-24 year olds with youth-specific case management, programs, and classes, including higher education and job training programs.

Participants:

  • attend weekly meetings with a Youth Case Manager
  • weekly Youth Peer Support Classes
  • reside in specially assigned Peer Support Youth Housing within Transitions
  • participate in community outreach, field trips, community volunteerism, and advocacy efforts
  • are able to engage in and attend other youth-specific classes and speakers offered by the community partners with whom Transitions collaborates (including the Explorers Program (Boy Scouts of America), WIOA, Youth Build, Fast Forward, and Hear Their Voices).

A community volunteerism component to the curriculum facilitates engagement in the local community and builds empowerment as the youth learn that even as they struggle to get their lives on track, they can make a positive difference in the lives of others and their community.

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