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New program serving homeless youth comes to Lansing

Wednesday, March 28, 2018  
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Child and Family Charities launches housing initiative

Child and Families Charities is teaming up with the Family Youth Services Bureau to introduce a new program, Housing Young Families. The Family Youth Services Bureau is providing $973,630 for the next five years to provide staff and housing for the initiative.

Housing Young Families is a community-based transitional living program to help young pregnant women and parents reach self-sufficiency and secure permanent housing. A scattered-site apartment is used as the transitional housing model for up to eight young families at any given time.

“Since merging with Gateway Youth Services in 2014, we have seen the need for a program that specifically addresses homelessness among young parents,” said Julie Thomasma, CEO of Child and Family Charities. “We are excited to have the ability to help more at-risk and vulnerable youth in our community.”

A care coordinator helps young parents create a plan to address barriers to independence, self-sufficiency and healthy parenting. Life coaches work alongside young parents in their home to provide positive adult support, establish a healthy home environment, build valuable life skills, and transport families to important community appointments.

For more information on the Housing Young Families program, visit or call 1-877-833-3689.

Since 1911, Child and Family Charities has protected and strengthened families in need. Through six divisions and 17 programs, Child and Family Charities provides a full-spectrum of support to over 7,000 children, youth and families annually in the mid-Michigan area.

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