Posted on August 4, 2021
To support Phase 2 of their implementation of Individualized Placement and Support (“IPS”) within their supportive transitional and permanent housing programs for youths, aged 18-24, who are exiting homelessness. As demonstrated during the first phase of the IPS project, this evidence-based practice model increases positive employment and mental health outcomes for vulnerable young job-seekers. During this second phase, they plan to build-out the natural peer and family support engagement activities in order to fulfill the model’s requirement that the agency find and nurture natural supports for each youth. Additionally, they will improve and expand upon youth and peer support engagement within their IPS Steering Committee to bolster the direct input of their participants and their networks in how they operate the program. They will serve 100 young adults whose behavioral health issues might typically have kept them from engaging in, or even seeking, employment. Covenant House New York helps teenagers and young adults turn the tragedy of homelessness, abandonment and exploitation into an opportunity for growth and transformation by providing comprehensive residential care and services.