Are you about to graduate from high school or just received your GED? Maybe you’ve started that new job you really wanted and are ready to go out and tackle the world on your own! The big question now is “Where am I going to live until I can afford to live on my own?” If you’re struggling to find a safe place to live that also provides some guidance about living on your own, check out some of the programs below. These programs can help you with both housing and other resources as you transition out of foster care. Your caseworker is also a good resource to help you with housing. Don’t forget to check out housing and other assistance through the SCDSS Chafee Program.
Thornwell Transitional Living Program (Clinton, SC)
Helps young adults ages 17-21 develop the skills necessary for a successful transition to independence, including educational, vocational, emotional, housing, and other support. For more information call (864) 938-2100.
MIRCI Youth Drop-In Center (Columbia, SC)
Young adults ages 17-24 who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness can gain access to basic needs, behavioral healthcare, and referral to community partners for housing, medical, legal, education, and employment resources. For more information call (803) 799-0331.
Transitions Youth Program (Columbia, SC)
Young adults ages 18-24-year olds are linked with case management, programs, and classes, including education and job training programs. For more information call (803) 708-4861.
Pendleton Place Youth Resource Center (Greenville, SC)
Young adults ages 17-24 who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness can receive housing assistance, short-term case management, mentoring, and other services through the resource center. For more information contact Josh Crocker, Independent Living Specialist, at email@example.com or call (864) 467-3650.
United Housing Connections Transitional Housing (Greenville, SC)
Provides stability and support for young people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness until they are able to obtain and maintain permanent housing. For more information contact Rachel Reed, Transition Youth Social Worker, at (864) 770-0714 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sea Haven Transitional Living Program (Myrtle Beach, SC)
Provides permanent housing through their rental assistance program for young people ages 13-21 who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. Sea Haven staff also help with filling out job applications and interviewing for jobs. They’ll even help you with getting your GED, Trade Certificate, or College Degree. For more information, call (843) 213-1133.
Carolina Youth Development Center’s Nu House (North Charleston, SC)
Provides educational, vocational, and other support for young adults ages 18-21 transitioning from foster care to independence. For more information contact Kate Buckholz, email@example.com or call (843) 266-5200.
Hope Center for Children Transitional Living (Spartanburg, SC)
Provides shelter for young men and women ages 16 to 21, along with case management and support through 22 years old. This program serves young adults who are aging out of the foster care system or those who do not have a safe place to live. For more information contact Latrice Thompson-Chapman at (864) 814-9432.
Lutheran Services Carolinas Supported Living (various locations)
Offers housing support for adults ages 18 and older with intellectual or developmental disabilities through their Community Training Homes and Specialized Family Homes (host homes). For more information contact scdirector@LSCarolinas.net or call 1-800-HELPING