Friends of Youth's New Ground Transitional Living Programs provide safe housing, supportive case management services, life skills training, educational and employment guidance, counseling and parenting education for homeless young adults. Our goal is to help residents achieve self-sufficiency, financial independence and long-term housing stability. The New Ground programs work to prevent child abuse, neglect, malnutrition, inadequate health care, and promote healthy development of its infant population. Friends of Youth is the primary provider in North and East King County of transitional living services specifically targeted to homeless families and pregnant or parenting young women and their children. Click here to read real-life New Ground success stories.
Services are provided at six transitional living facilities:
Programs for Young Mothers (ages 18-21)
New Ground Bothell and New Ground Sand Point provide a supportive structured environment for young single women who are pregnant or parenting a child under three years old. Residents may remain in the program for up to 24 months.
Programs for Single Young Adults (ages 18-21)
Programs for Young Families (ages 18-24)
New Ground Avondale Park provides a supportive, structured environment for young families with children of any age. Residents may remain in the program for up to 24 months.
Once enrolled in the program, New Ground residents work with case managers to complete an Independent Living Plan (ILP). The ILP helps identify individual goals including life skills, employment, education, and permanent housing. Residents must meet with their case manager at least once a week. Residents who are unemployed or interested in finding a different job will meet with an employment specialist that assists with resume building, job searches, interview preparation, and goal setting.
Residents are required to pay a security deposit. If a resident is unable to pay the deposit, a payment plan will be established. Residents are required to pay 30% of their income in rent, which teaches skills in budgeting and saving money for housing expenses while establishing a rental payment history to assist clients in obtaining permanent housing upon program graduation. Residents are required to perform 32 hours a week of active participation toward goals that promote self-sufficiency. This time must correspond with current goals set with the case manager. Some activities that count toward the 32-hour productivity requirement include employment, GED/high school/college classes, job searching, submitting housing applications, volunteering, and life skills classes.
Residents are also required to attend house meetings. These are typically evening meetings, up to four times per month, in which professionals and community members speak to the group about resources, programs, and life skills/parenting education. Some recent meeting topics include:
- Sexual Health Education & Family Planning
- Cultural Competency Workshop
- Cooking on a Budget
- Computer Training
- Arts and Crafts
- House field trips to entertainment venues across the county, including but not limited to: The Woodland Park Zoo, Local theatre venues, etc
- Safe Dating
- Leadership Development Series for young women including: Building Bonds, Developing Powerful Capacities, Identifying our Filters and Perspectives, Drama: The Cost and Payoff, Gremlins: Quieting our Inner Critic, Communication, Credo and Commitment, Community and Completion
- Drug Prevention Education
- Basic Household Maintenance
- Financial Management & Budgeting
- Resource Connection
- Hygiene and Personal Care
The maximum length of stay for each program differs, but it varies between 18-24 months. Aftercare for residents exiting the program is provided for at least one year, helping to reinforce skills, provide additional support and access to resources, and ensure stable, long-term housing for former residents.
Friends of Youth offers long-term, supportive housing to qualifying residents. Click here for more information.