Rental Assistance Program Supports Older Youth Aging Out of DHS Care

Posted by City of Philadelphia on June 8, 2021

Transitioning into adulthood isn’t easy and neither is finding safe, affordable housing. After speaking with Khadijah and Natanya, two young adults who are about to transition out of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS), it was clear that housing is their top concern. In February 2021, DHS announced a new rental assistance program, which is ideal for young adults such as Khadijah and Natanya who are transitioning out of care.

This program provides rapid rental assistance and housing support to 60 youth per year who are facing homelessness due to obstacles, such as job loss or unresolved college housing. Khadijah and Natanya have been working with a team at DHS to identify the resources they need to become independent. This includes things like jobs, health insurance, education – and housing. Every youth’s situation is different, so DHS works individually with each youth.

Learn more about the Older Youth Assistance Program.

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