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Welcome Home and Transitional Living Program

Welcome Home Program

Having a place to call home is something most people take for granted. For others, it's often a dream. Our Welcome Home program can turn these dreams into reality. 

Welcome Home staff members use a variety of strategies, helping you gain the skills and confidence for self-sufficiency. Strategies include case management services, personalized skills assistance and financial support. If you're struggling with homelessness, our Welcome Home staff can fill the gaps to get your life back on track.  

What is Welcome Home?

Welcome Home is a rental assistance and support program providing rent vouchers and additional support to anyone who is homeless or on the verge of living on the street. 

Transitional housing and support services

Welcome Home clients can live in temporary housing for up to two years, rent-free, while receiving support services that help build the skills needed to gain independent and permanent housing.

In return for the free rent assistance, clients meet weekly with a case manager, beginning the process of moving toward independence. Case managers provide:

  • Personalized plans to help individuals set up their new home
  • Employment counseling and support
  • Transportation
  • Educational support
  • Life skills training, including budgeting
  • Mental health services
  • Housing placement
  • Referrals to other community resources 

Who Does Welcome Home Help?

The Welcome Home program is open to anyone in Marquette or Alger County who is:

  • Currently homeless
  • Due to be discharged from an institution in the next seven days with no place to live upon release
  • Living somewhere not meant for habitation
  • Living in an emergency shelter
  • Facing court-ordered eviction

Transitional Living Program

The Transitional Living Program (TLP) provides services for runaway, throwaway and homeless youth ages 16-21.  With the help of a case manager, you will develop an individualized plan to ensure safe and stable living arrangements through an assessment of needs, life skills training and counseling to begin to make positive life changes.  This program helps youth strengthen relationships and expand natural support systems.  TLP is a goal driven program that encourages youth to identify and overcome barriers that lead to self-sufficiency.

Locations

706 N. 9th Street, Sheboygan, Wi 53081
920-458-7100, ext. 103

721 Park Street, Manitowoc, Wi 54220
920-682-2816, ext. 104

24-Hour Hotline - Free and Confidential 
855-LSS-RAYS or 855-577-7297

Services

To qualify for services youth age 16-21 need to be homeless or residing in unsafe/unstable living arrangements.

  • Strength-based solution focused case management
  • Explore housing options to move toward safe, stable, living situations
  • Individualized goal setting to address skills needed to live independently
  • Identify and address barriers to living independently
  • Weekly life skills sessions
  • Individual and/or family counseling
  • Healthy recreational opportunities
  • Connection with appropriate community resources
  • Aftercare and exit planning
  • Limited scattered site apartment assistance available

Appropriate Referrals

  • Between 16-21 years old
  • Homeless or unsafe/unstable living environment
  • Safe to live with minimal supervision
  • Capable to live independently with gained skills
  • Motivated to create positive change
  • Willing to follow the program’s guidelines and rules

Inappropriate Referrals

  • FYSB funds are not intended to support “system” youth who are currently the responsibility of the foster care/child welfare/juvenile justice system or discharged from an institution required to provide or arrange housing upon release
  • Individual needs exceed the resources and/or supervision available

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Milwaukee, WI 53204
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