The Independent Living Program (ILP) at Family Services of NW PA recently expanded its partnership with Erie United Methodist Alliance (EUMA) to provide additional supported housing opportunities for youth transitioning out of placement and into adulthood.
This past summer, EUMA purchased and renovated a six-unit apartment building in downtown Erie. The property is called Journey Home and recently held an open house. Funding was used to lease the property from EUMA for youth enrolled in the program.
Journey Home includes four furnished apartments for ILP youth, an apartment for a live-in resident assistant, and a staff office. The resident assistant will be available to assist the youth with day-to-day support, while program staff will be on-site during scheduled office hours to provide additional support.
The Erie County Independent Living Program is a collaboration of the Erie County Office of Children and Youth, Bethesda Lutheran Services, and Family Services of NW PA.