TLP offers a comprehensive continuum of services to young people between the ages of 14 to 24 who are unstably housed or experiencing homelessness. Beyond meeting youth's immediate needs, our services provide youth with all the tools and support they need to succeed: stable housing; access to employment and education opportunities; primary and mental health care; lasting connections with caring adults, and the skills to live a healthy and independent life.
We work with each young person individually to help them overcome trauma and hopelessness, while working toward becoming a self-sufficient adult. Our holistic model includes transitional and independent living options, as well as community-based programming to connect with and support youth in crisis—all trauma-informed, evidence-based, and culturally sensitive. We make a daily commitment to putting young people on a path to reach their full potential.
Outreach, Prevention and Aftercare
Street and Community Outreach Program (SCOPe): The first point of entry for most clients, SCOPe works on the south and southwest areas of Chicago to build relationships with young people experiencing homelessness; connect them to community resources and the full array of TLP programs; meet their immediate basic needs; and provide crisis intervention.
Drop-In Center: TLP’s newest program, opened in spring 2013, provides a safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental space for vulnerable young adults on Chicago’s south side. A full continuum of services is available under one roof, including housing placement and life skills programming; employment support and financial literacy; primary health care; mental health and substance use assessment and treatment; and child care.
Aftercare: TLP’s after-care program provides case management, supportive services, and health care to all youth exiting our residential programs for up to six months to ensure a smooth transition back into the community.
Bronzeville Youth Shelter (BYS): BYS provides minor-aged youth, ages 14 to 17, with a safe, supportive, and temporary place to stay while efforts are made to reunite them with their families or secure alternative living arrangements. The 4-bed emergency shelter provides housing, crisis intervention, case management, and meets the youth’s basic needs.
Belfort House: Located in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, TLP’s second stage of housing is a 24-bed transitional living program for young people between the ages of 17 and 21. Youth may stay at Belfort House for up to 18 months and are engaged in productive activities including school, employment, and life skills training. With staff support, youth create Individual Action Plans which serve as road maps to help them achieve their goals while residing at Belfort House.
Clustered and Scattered Site Apartments (CaSSA): TLP’s independent living program is for youth between the ages of 18 to 24 who demonstrate the potential for independent living, but still need additional support from the agency. In CaSSA, 10 youth live in their own apartments for up to two years and maintain access to all of TLP’s services. Upon program completion, TLP either transfers the lease to the young person or helps them move into another apartment, effectively transitioning them to permanent housing.
Education: Since many youth enter TLP with substantial educational and learning challenges, we seek to provide multiple and varied opportunities for positive educational experiences that ignite a desire for life-long learning and self-improvement. With plenty of encouragement and support, TLP offers: tutoring; referrals to GED programs and alternative schools; help in applying to post-secondary education and financial aid; and education advocacy as needed.
Employment: Employment services at TLP begin with: an assessment of employment status and history; career aptitudes and interests; short-term employment needs; and long-term career aspirations. For clients with limited job skills and history, we provide an intensive curriculum to develop job readiness skills. For youth with more significant work experience, we offer guidance in navigating employment databases and assist with job and internship placements.
Whole Health: Youth experiencing homelessness have endured difficult life situations and have the impact of those hardships on their health and well-being to contend with. The whole health program at TLP centers on youth developing key competencies like physical and mental health maintenance, the ability to self-regulate and avoid unhealthy risks. The health and well-being of young people is assessed upon entrance into TLP programs and monitored thereafter by case managers who work with young people daily to reach their self-determined health and well-being goals. Case managers also connect youth to TLP health partners who provide onsite mental health and physical care to young people so that they exit TLP programs healthier and with more tools to improve their well-being.
Recreation: TLP strongly believes in the importance of fun and creativity in order to build community and promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Recreation activities at the Drop-In Center and residential programs include yoga, music, art, martial arts, dance, and much more. These activities help youth engage with their peers and adult allies in new ways and develop self-esteem, purpose, and hope for the future.
We protect the confidentiality of all our clients and adhere to the HMIS Standard Agency Privacy Practices.