HOUSING OPTIONS FOR AT-RISK YOUTH
Peer Support Housing for at-risk transitional age youth has been offered as part of the LOFT continuum of housing models for over 25 years. All LOFT housing programs provide environments that encourage and enable residents to support each other as they travel their individual paths to independence.
High-support residences are available as part of Ingles Housing and Support Services for young women, 16 to 26 who are in recovery from serious addiction, and at Beverley Lodge for homeless young men ages 14 to 18 who are experiencing complex challenges. LOFT high-support residences provide highly structured environments that support the development of life, learning and employment skills, and help clients to stabilize their lives and take control of their challenges. Staff are available on-site 24/7 to assist, support and coach residents.
Medium support houses provide effective step-down options for youth who are leaving high-support environments, and step-up options for at-risk youth who are currently homeless, or living in inappropriate or dangerous circumstances.
At LOFT low support peer-supported houses, staff visit at regular intervals to facilitate house meetings and mediate disputes if necessary. Residents are able to practice the skills of independent living and learn to live and manage their homes cooperatively without ongoing staff presence. LOFT currently operates nine of these youth peer support houses that meet a variety of needs including gender-specific and co-ed housing, clean and dry living and harm-reduction housing.
Youth who are residents of LOFT peer-support housing, have access to support services offered by Beverley Lodge (for young men 14 to 18), the Ingles Program (for young women), or the Transitional Age Youth Program and Wilkinson Housing and Support Services (for both men and women). Please visit these program pages for additional information.