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Transitional Housing Placement Program

Bay Area Youth Center (BAYC), the East Bay Division of Sunny Hills Services, offers a continuum of housing programs for current and former foster youth and youth on probation ages 15-24. From a highly supported congregate model to apartments scattered throughout Alameda County, these programs offer youth a safe place to call home while receiving services designed to prepare them for long-term economic and social stability.
BAYC offers Transitional Housing Placement Program (THPP) for youth living in our apartments; Transitional Housing Program plus Foster Care (THP+FC) and Transitional Housing Program Plus (THP+) for former foster and probation youth.

Bay Area Youth Center (BAYC), the East Bay Division of Sunny Hills Services, offers Real Alternatives for Adolescents Program (RAFA), a structured, supportive, independent living program for qualified, dependent foster and probation youth ages 16-24.

The program provides a safe environment so that participants may practice the skills necessary to be successfully independent. Participants live in scattered or single-site apartments with regular assistance provided by a professional support team. Youth are given opportunities to use independent living skills such as budgeting, paying bills, balancing checkbooks, grocery shopping, cooking, housekeeping, living with a roommate, and searching for employment. Participants are encouraged to take responsibility for their lives in as many domains as possible and to develop goals for the vision of their future. They receive coaching and daily opportunities to practice these skills with the support of program staff.

The program draws on evidence-based, evidence-informed and other practices to support the progress of the youth in the program. Crisis intervention and emergency support is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

To submit an application:
Youth ages 16–24 who are under the supervision of the juvenile court are eligible to apply to BAYC's transitional housing program. To submit an application, download and complete the appropriate form below and fax it to the attention of RAFA Program Director at 510-727-9405

RAFA THPP (ages16-18) application form (PDF)

RAFA THP+FC (ages 18-24) application form (PDF)

BAYC provides Transitional Housing Program Plus services (THP+), for former foster and probation youth, through its participation in the Next Steps Collaborative (NSC). NSC is a joint project of five agencies: BAYC, Beyond Emancipation, First Place for Youth, Abode Services, A Better Way, and Fred Finch Youth Center. Only one application needs to be submitted for consideration for enrollment by all five agencies.

NSC provides affordable housing and comprehensive support services to emancipated youth ages 18-23. Housing options include scattered site apartments, community housing, and host housing. The program serves to bridge the gap between foster care and self-sustained independence by offering financial assistance, case management, educational and vocational supports, life skills training, and clinical services.

To submit an application:
Youth aged 18 - 23 and who have emancipated directly from the foster care or probation systems are eligible to apply to NSC. To submit an application, download and complete this form and fax it to the attention of RAFA Program Manager at 510-727-9405.

BAYC’s transitional housing programs provide services to foster and probation youth ages 16–24 who have children or are six to nine months pregnant.

This specialized population of youth is underserved. Pregnant and parenting youth have limited options for housing. The Parenting Youth Program affords these youth opportunities to build the skills necessary to live independently, including educational, vocational, and mental health services common to all of our housing programs, and in addition, the Parenting Youth Program also provides assistance with parenting skills, parent-child bonding techniques, stress reduction, creating safe and healthy living conditions, time management, and balancing life responsibilities.

To submit an application:
To submit an application, download and complete this form and fax to the attention of RAFA Program Manager at 510-727-9405

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