Permanent Supportive Housing for CYFD-Involved Youth

TRANSITIONS

Permanent Supportive Housing for CYFD-Involved Youth (up to age 21)
A Housing First Approach

Are you a young adult who has been involved with CYFD, through either Juvenile Justice or Protective Services?

Do you need help finding and keeping a place to live?

If so, this program may be for you!

What is Housing First?

TRANSITIONS is based on a Housing First approach that centers on providing rental housing first and services as needed.

  • You will get help to access and keep your rental housing.
  • You will have access to a variety of services to help keep your rental housing.
  • You will be required to be a good tenant to keep your housing.

TRANSITIONS Permanent Supportive Housing ...
is a program offered to young adults who are involved with CYFD transition programs who need help finding and keeping a place to live.

  • "Permanent" means having your own housing/rental lease up to age 21.
  • "Supportive" means there will be services and supports available to help you keep your place to live.
  • "Housing" means your own rental apartment/house, with your own rights and responsibilities.

Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible, you must:

  • Have been involved with CYFD Juvenile Justice or Protective Services (turned 18 years of age while in foster care)
  • Be ages 18 to 21
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be homeless or have unstable housing and have no other reasonable housing supports/resources
  • Have current (within 12 months), identified behavioral health needs
  • Be working with a CYFD transition program and have an active transition plan to include long-term housing, vocational, educational, and employment goals
  • Have an assigned Comprehensive Community Support Services (CCSS) worker or be involved in a comparable service

What is a Tenant?
Being a tenant means you pay rent to live in housing owned by somebody else, and that you have responsibilities that will be outlined in a lease agreement.

Opportunities and Responsibilities...
Your opportunities as a tenant:

  • The opportunity to make your own decisions.
  • The opportunity to be independent.
  • The opportunity to ask for and choose to receive help if you need it.
  • The opportunity to have a safe and stable place to live.
  • The opportunity to make a long term housing plan.

Your responsibilities as a tenant:

  • Live up to your lease agreement.
  • Pay your part of the rent.
  • Respect your neighbors.

CYFD’s TRANSITIONS Program
TRANSITIONS is a team effort made possible through a partnership with the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD), the New Mexico Behavioral Health Collaborative, the Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico and the State Single Entity.

This project will provide independent, safe and affordable housing in the Albuquerque area.

Currently this program is available to 20 young adults who meet the eligibility requirements.

Participants must be referred by their CYFD transition worker, screened by the TRANSITIONS Steering Committee and complete a housing orientation.

Contact your CYFD transition worker or the transition managers:

For Juvenile Justice Services-involved youth:
Robert Gerlock
Phone: 505-841-6650
E-mail: robert.gerlock@state.nm.us

For Protective Services-involved youth:
Maya McKnight
Phone: 505-660-1589
E-mail: maya.mcknight@state.nm.us