Daybreak’s housing is the region’s only program designed to move homeless youth ages 18 to 24 out of homelessness, poverty, under-education, and crisis and into housing, financial independence, educational achievement, and self-sufficiency.
This program is designed to teach youth how to become independent and become contributing members of society. Our 100+ apartments have a steady flow of youth entering and exiting the program.
Though legally adults, these youth have never had the resources or support to be successful on their own. Through intensive case management, Daybreak teaches program participants how to become responsible and accountable adults in the community. This program expects clients to work hard—they have to want to create a better future for themselves.
First and foremost, we work with the youth to ensure that they earn their high school diploma or GED. Then we explore colleges, trade schools, and other programs that can help them create a better future. Our on-site apartments allow us to provide daily supervision yet gives the youth the sense of independence they so desperately crave.
We encourage youth to participate in responsible activities such as work, education, counseling sessions, and life skills classes. Our programming teaches them how to express themselves appropriately and pushes them to continue their education and to set and pursue viable life and career goals.
Once a youth proves they’re ready, we move them into one of our community apartments. They still receive supervision but now only have contact with their case manager two to three times a week. This supervision continues until the youth appears to be ready to be on their own. At that point they assume the lease and can call on Daybreak as needed. They are then officially independent.
Youth can participate in the in the program for up to two years.