Fenix Youth Project launches pilot transitional housing program

SALISBURY, Md. – The Fenix Youth Project is launching a new program to help serve young people in the community. Rights of Passage is a pilot program that aims to help provide transitional housing for young people who don’t have a place to call home. “It was nothing that was planned ahead of time. We knew that we needed more youth transitional housing. But this definitely came out of the need,” said Executive Director of Fenix Youth Project Amber Green.

Youth must follow rules and guidelines, and have a personal plan in place for when they transition out of the housing. They’ll also be required to attend life skills classes, and meet with staff and volunteers at Fenix Youth Project and case managers regularly. “We focus on what their goals are and what their plans are for health, financial stability, and housing stability. We work on setting goals and setting dates that we want to achieve those goals by,” said Green.

Green says the pilot program could make it easier for young folks to get back on their feet than if they were trying to do so in a traditional crisis center. “What we’re trying to do is take that young person out of that crisis setting and help them feel a little bit more stable to a point where they can focus on completing their GED, or they can focus finding a job that they love,” said Green.

Right now, they’re working on getting a two bedroom house furnished for two young women who are part of the pilot. “We need a little bit more. We need a twin bed, twin bed frame, a full size fridge, curtains, blinds, just different basic things to move into your first apartment,” said Green.

Green says furnishing the house and expanding the program wont’ be cheap. She says she’s hoping the community will help through donations. Green adds Fenix Youth Project will be looking at grant opportunities as well. “Grants are amazing. They add for accountability as well. However, with the need for the young people I think it’s really important for the community to rally behind us,” said Green.

When they’re able to secure more funding, Green says she hopes to expand the program to include other partner organizations, and serve more young people. To learn more about how you can help support this program, click here.

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