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September 2021Vol. 22, No. 8Transitional Living Program Special Population Demonstration Report

A report that covers the process study, challenges, and lessons learned of the Transitional Living Program (TLP) Special Population Demonstration Project, which was funded by the Family and Youth Services Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is available from the HHS Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation. The demonstration project ran from September 2016 to September 2018 and was intended to provide additional support to TLPs providing specialized program models for two youth populations with a higher risk of homelessness: youth identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or questioning and youth who left foster care after age 18.

Grantees implemented several processes and strategies to improve the well-being of youth in the program, including the following:

  • Created screening processes that lessened the burden on youth and created more opportunities to have trauma-informed engagement
  • Used screenings and assessments to help youth make informed decisions when developing individual services plans
  • Implemented the positive youth development framework to help youth generate self-acceptance, encourage inclusion and respect between peers, and build protective factors and permanent supportive connections with adults
Some of the challenges included difficulties with youth participation and finding ways to best serve a population that had more intense trauma and mental health issues than initially anticipated.
Read Transitional Living Program Special Population Demonstration Report to learn more about promising strategies, future considerations, and the framework and methodology.