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Transitional Youth Services

Keeping Homeless Youth Off the Streets

Regrettably, the societal problem of homelessness extends to troubled youth. These young people typically have emotional or behavioral problems that have led them to either run away or have unstable family situations where youth have been locked out of their homes.

Transitional Youth Services

Transitional Youth Services (TYS) is a program offered by Children’s Home + Aid that provides crisis intervention and counseling services to homeless youth and their families and/or youth who are at risk of becoming homeless. Youth are referred to the program by the police, schools, shelters and social workers.

Transitional Youth Services is focused on addressing the issues that led to homelessness and reunifying the young person with their family or guardians. When reunification is not feasible, the program will work with the youth in arranging alternative housing. Cash assistance is available and can be used to help with rental assistance, utilities and basic furnishing needs. When independent living is imminent, the TYS program works with the youth to develop critical living skills. These youth are often assisted with employment and educational goals as well.

Employment Specialist Program 

The Employment Specialist Program (ESP) services are provided under Transitional Youth Services. Youth ages 16-21, who are at risk of violence and have no or low income, may be referred to the ESP to receive employment focused services. These employment focused services include help with submitting job applications, preparing for interviews, assistance purchasing clothing for interviews or work uniforms, skills identification and career development services. These employment services are paired with the traditional TYS services that include independent living skills.

The Daughters of Charity funding allows us to provide employment related services to Transitional Youth through an Employment Specialist position.


Children's Home + Aid shares the mission of the National Runaway Switchboard to help keep America's runaway and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.

Transitional Youth Services are offered in the Southern Region.

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