Each year, thousands of young people in the United States run away from their homes, may be asked to leave their homes, or become homeless. Since 1975, the U.S. government has funded emergency shelter programs for runaway and homeless youth to provide for their immediate needs and promote family reunification. Unfortunately, many homeless young people under the age of 18 cannot return home.
In order to address the needs of older youth, Congress created the Transitional Living Program for older homeless youth as part of the 1988 Amendments to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 to address a growing need for long-term, supportive assistance that emergency shelter programs were not providing youth. The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) funded the first transitional living programs in 1990.
The intent of the FYSB-funded Transitional Living Program is to provide a temporary safety net and strong emotional support system for young people to transition into self-sufficiency.
FYSB’s Transitional Living Program provides grants to public and private organizations for community-based, adult-supervised group homes, family homes, and scattered site apartments for youth ages 16 to under 22 years who cannot safely live with their own families. Services are provided for up to 540 days in most cases, with longer stays available for young people who turn 18 while in housing.
Transitional living programs helped over 2,080 homeless youth transition to life on their own in Fiscal Year 2018.
Services offered through the Transitional Living Program are designed to help young people who are homeless transition to self-sufficient living. Grantees are required to offer the following services, either directly or by referral.
FYSB funds the Transitional Living Program under the provisions of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-415), most recently reauthorized by the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018 (Public Law No: 115-385). As of FY2020, FYSB funds 239 Transitional Living grantee programs totaling more than $44 million.
FYSB solicits applications for the Transitional Living Program by posting funding announcements on Grants.gov and the funding page for the National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families. Applications are competitively reviewed, and successful applicants receive three-year grants.
National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families
4340 East-West Highway, Suite 1100
Bethesda, MD 20814
Telephone: (833) GET-RHYi (833-438-7494)
Fax: (301) 828-1506