Omaha Home for Boys opened the doors to its new Supportive Housing Program in December 2018, expanding the Home’s continuum of care to five core programs and filling a much needed gap in housing services for at-risk young adults in the community.
The Home’s new Supportive Housing Program offers affordable, safe, temporary housing to young adults ages 18 to 26 and, as the name suggests, surrounds these young adults with on-site support services. The Supportive Housing Program is a true independent living program with youth living in the Home’s apartment-style housing while working with an Independent Living Specialist who aids youth with career advancement, educational opportunities and goal setting.
“Supportive Housing gives young adults safety and security while also allowing them the opportunity to save money due to reduced rent through the program,” said Brandy Gustoff, Innovative Growth Leader at Omaha Home for Boys. “Additionally, we are creating a sense of community for our young people where they can gain support from experienced staff members and their peers.”
While the Supportive Housing Program is new to Omaha Home for Boys, it is not a new concept in the community; however, the need for affordable, safe, temporary housing that serves a wide demographic is in high demand with a scarce supply.
“In our community we’ve noticed that there are not many programs that have housing options available encompassing all youth and young adults including single males, single females, single parent families and multi-parent families,” said Sam Callaghan, Independent Living Specialist at Omaha Home for Boys. “Our Supportive Housing Program has the flexibility to include all demographics in qualifications and therefore opens the door for many of the youth we serve who do not qualify for other housing options in our community.”
The Supportive Housing Program currently has two residents and staff are excited about the number of applications being submitted.
“There is a lot of buzz about the Supportive Housing Program within the young adults in Omaha’s independent living community,” said Keenan Page, Independent Living Employment Manager at Omaha Home for Boys. “Many youth in the community are interested in the program and it has even inspired some of our youth to get employment and increase momentum towards their goals.”
The Supportive Housing Program occupies the learning center and apartment complexes where Jacobs’ Place, Omaha Home for Boys Transitional Living Program, was formerly located near 48th and Cuming Streets. Jacobs’ Place is now housed on the Home’s main campus.
The Supportive Housing Program has expanded a longstanding partnership between the Home and Nebraska Children and Families Foundation (NCFF) – Omaha Project Everlast. The Supportive Housing Program is a collaborative effort between the two nonprofits. NCFF oversees the entry level program while Omaha Home for Boys manages the advanced level program.
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