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.  

Site Location

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.  

Program Description

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.

Each resident will be assigned a peer support specialist to work with one on one to develop independence and self-sufficiency.  The peer support specialist will share knowledge, offer emotional support, and teach skills typically provided by a parent or caregiver.  They will aid the residents in learning specific skills to maintain their behavioral health symptoms, obtain/maintain employment, manage finances, initiate higher educational goals if desired, and develop social supports in the community resulting in the goal of obtaining permanent housing as defined by the individual resident.

The housing pilot is time limited up to 12 months, and should not be considered permanent housing.   Residents with income or benefits will be required to pay a monthly per diem rate.


Eligible candidates must meet the following criteria: 

  • Referred by a CPST/Case Manager
  • 18 – 25 years of age
  • Behavioral health diagnosis (i.e. Mental Health and/or Substance Use Disorder) 
  • Stabilized behavioral health symptoms for no less than 2 months
  • Independently maintain behavioral health treatment regimen, as programming is NOT clinical treatment focused

To Make a Referral

Complete the Transitional Youth Housing Pilot Referral form and send to the ADAMHS Board, c/o Linda Torbert, Children’s Behavioral Health Administrator via confidential fax 216-830-3965. 

For additional information, please call 216-241-3400, extension 716. 

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