Transition Age Youth Programs

Transition Age Youth Programs serve current and former foster and probation placement youth ages 15-24. We provide an array of programs and services including counseling, skills building, a resource center, and subsidized supportive housing. Our mission is to support and empower youth in making a healthy transition into successful adulthood.

Independent Living Program

The Independent Living Program (ILP) assists current and former foster and probation placement youth aged 15-21 to develop independent living skills and achieve educational/vocational goals to successfully transition to self-sufficiency. ILP services include one-on-one counseling, assistance with obtaining ID Cards, Driving Permits, and Licenses, and weekly workshops at Cabrillo College on topics such as money management, personal health, finding independent housing, and obtaining financial aid for college. We also have a Rewards program that offers youth incentives for pursuing their education and participating in extra-curricular activities.

Independent Living Resource Center

Independent Living Resource Center assists current and former foster and probation placement youth ages 15-24 in building the skills, self-esteem, and support system necessary to make a successful transition to independent living in the community. We help youth obtain jobs through biweekly job groups, register for college, enroll in vocational training, find housing, learn budgeting skills, and make healthy decisions and choices for their futures. We facilitate a weekly Mom’s group to support young moms and their children. We also partner with the County Office of Education to provide an on-site Independent Study class for youth to pursue their High School Diploma or GED. The Resource Center is equipped with a cozy living room, kitchen, laundry facility, and computer lab. We also offer counseling services, food and clothing donations, as well as a hot meal. Most importantly, the Center is a safe place to go, and gain support from peers and case managers.

Transitional Voucher Program

The Transitional Voucher Program (TVP) is a joint program of Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center’s Independent Living Program (ILP) and the Santa Cruz Housing Authority. Through TVP, the Housing Authority provides Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers to a small number of participants, ages 18-20, in ILP. The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher allows ILP participants to secure private housing in the community and receive federal assistance in paying their rent for up to 18 months. To help participants be successful in their new housing and ultimately transition to paying for housing on their own, ILP Coordinators provide counseling, support, and empowerment to TVP participants in accessing resources and learning new skills.

Transitional Housing Plus

Transitional Housing Plus (THP Plus) is a supportive housing program that serves former foster and probation youth between the ages of 18-24. THP Plus participants receive assistance securing independent housing in the community, and meet regularly with their THP Plus Coordinators to work on independent living goals. Throughout this process, participants receive financial assistance with rent, utilities, food, and educational expenses while also saving money for when they leave the program. They also receive emotional support, life skills coaching, and connections to valuable community resources. Eligible participants have emancipated from the foster care system or an out of home probation placement, and have some form of income to maintain housing as program subsidies decrease.