Child and Family Services

Transitional Independent Living Services

Transitional Independent Living Services for youth emancipating from the foster care system provide housing and help to acquire the skills young people need to live independently.

Orientations for the Transitional Independent Living Program are held every  week:
Tuesdays 3:00 – 5:00 pm
851 North Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91104.
Please email or call Susana Mendoza for more information (626) 831-6808.
Click here to download the pdf of the Transitional Independent Living flyer.

Meeting a Critical Need

In November 2000, Hathaway-Sycamores established the Transitional Independent Living Program to provide support for foster and probation youth emancipating from group or foster homes. This program is designed to satisfy a critical need for housing and supportive mental health services for youth as they make the transition from foster care placements to adulthood and independent living.

Who We Serve

The Transitional Independent Living Program provides services for youth ages 18 to 20 years old who were in foster or probation care some time after their 14th birthday. These youth need to be at-risk for homelessness, to have completed high school and must be eligible for mental health services through Medi-Cal funding. Youth are required to function independently without direct staff supervision.

Services Provided

The Hathaway-Sycamores model for supported independent living utilizes a “scattered site” approach. Each youth and a roommate share a two-bedroom apartment with rent subsidized on a graduated schedule over a two-year period. Other financial assistance includes bus passes and food vouchers.

A support team, comprised of a youth advocate (former foster youth), case manager, emancipation clinician, youth advocate manager and program manager, works collaboratively with youth to identify personal goals and develop a strategic plan to achieve those goals. This process illuminates and enhances youths’ capabilities as the team continues to support them through mentoring, coaching, therapy, case management, workshops and other outings.

When emancipating youth face challenges as independent young adults, Hathaway-Sycamores staff members provide guidance, support and a helping hand

Successful Outcome

Many youth in the Transitional Living Program have spent most of their lives in foster care placements where they experienced a lack of permanence, stability or consistency of care. This type of experience often results in youth displaying defiance and anger towards life and a lack of trust in adults. Though many youth enter our program anticipating reasons to fail, they leave the program with a new sense of confidence and hope because they’ve developed fundamental life skills, a history of employment success and a foundation for further educational achievement. Emancipating youth establish healthy relationships from which they draw strength as they take their next steps in life.