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At Familylinks, our priority remains the health and safety of our clients and our team, and we continue to take measures to protect against the spread of the COVID-19. Last week we made the decision to cancel all events and suspend volunteer activities until further notice. This week we have made the necessary modifications to our programs and services, in accordance with guidelines set by local and state government, so we can continue to serve individuals and families in western Pennsylvania.

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Transitional Living Program

If you’re between the ages of 16 and 21 and are facing homelessness, our Transitional Living Program (TLP) is a temporary (but longer-term) service to provide you with dormitory-style living, case management and life-skills training while you seek a permanent housing solution. Located adjacent to our Downtown Outreach Center and Shelter, our TLP facility involves more freedom and more responsibility than life at DOCS, and is a longer-term stay.

Who is eligible?

Youth ages 16-21 with no permanent residence. This includes:

  • Youth who have run away or been kicked out of their family’s home

  • Youth who are “couch-surfing”

  • Youth whose financial situation makes it impossible to afford a place to live

What can you expect?

  • During a stay at TLP, you’ll be provided with and food for a period of up to 22 months while we work with you to create a plan for your next steps.

  • TLP is located in Uptown, close to Consol Energy Center.

  • TLP residents have a bed of their own in a shared room (two clients to a room), and access to communal living spaces and a kitchen.

  • Residents have a curfew at night, and are expected to be out either at work, in school or working to find a job during the daytime hours.

  • Residents can attend to medical needs while living in the TLP, and the TLP is a licensed mental health facility for clients with mental health needs.

What makes Familylinks different?

TLP isn’t just a shelter; it’s an entry point into a variety of services that will help young people identify a plan to get into permanent housing and long-term employment. Our case managers work with you to establish what path best suits your needs, and help you achieve your goals. TLP residents are eligible for Familylinks’ Mentoring Initiative, which pairs the client with an adult mentor.

How do you enroll?

For more information on the Transitional Living Program and whether it’s right for you, call 412-924-0500.

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