Transitional Living Program (Co-ed 18-21)

“What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing” – Aristotle

The Transitional Living Program (TLP) was created in 1997 as a means to provide youth in the community with the skills and resources necessary to live independently. In 2007, we opened the Black Bear Apartments. We are now able to provide housing to 8 young adults in five apartments.

TLP serves youth ages 18 to 21. Services include housing and independent life-skill development. The typical TLP population includes homeless (or potentially homeless) youth who have the commitment and ability to achieve independent living within 6-18 months. Therapeutic services are also available for those in need.

Many of the youth in our program have not yet gained the life experiences needed to live independently. These youth need more time to successfully transition to adult life. Our program provides the opportunity to learn invaluable life skills, make mistakes along the way, and have the support and redirection of caring mentors. The TLP’s goal is to help youth become adults who can function more independently in the community and harness the strength, resiliency, intelligence, and resources needed to be successful community members. We use a “housing first” approach – housing is a prerequisite to achieving successful outcomes in life. With their basic housing needs addressed, youth are better able to develop life skills to ensure their successful transition to adulthood.

Visit the Transitional Living Program Description page to read a comprehensive explanation of the Transitional Living Program including mission, services provided, admission criteria, service philosophy, and FY2021 program goals.

Transitional Living Program Details

  • Age Range : 18-21 years
  • Gender(s) : Co-ed
  • Capacity : 7
  • Length of stay : up to 18 months

How To Make a Referral

Anyone can make a referral to the Transitional Living Program.

If you are or know of a youth who could benefit from our services, please contact the JYS Transitional Living Program staff at 907-789-7610 or email us at

Download Transitional Living Program Referral Form