The Transitional Youth Housing Pilot (TYHP) is a housing program developed to support young adults, ages 18 – 25 years old, in gaining independent living skills and self-sufficiency through a non-clinical peer support model with the ultimate goal of permanent housing. This pilot is a collaborative effort between Life Exchange Center (LEC), a peer operated organization and the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County.
The apartment building has three floors and six one bedroom units of which five will house the residents. The sixth unit will be the program office. The building is not wheelchair accessible.
The provision of service will be captured through a peer-support model for recovery, which utilizes trained individuals who have lived experience of mental health and/or substance use disorder, and has sustained a recovery program. These individuals will be hired as peer support specialists and will work under the auspices of LEC. Program staffing will include: one full-time lead peer support specialist who will supervise the program, and five part-time peer support specialists who will provide support to the residents.
News Channel 5's Sarah Buduson interviewed staff and members on how the LEC has changed their lives; Ms. Buduson will also feature the programs and direction the organization is headed in. Check out the interview which aired Feb 11th.View News Channel 5 Article