Gateway Longview’s Supervised Independent Living Program, or SILP, is designed to meet the needs of teens and young adults ages 17-21, who want to make the transition from a residential program or foster care to living on their own. SILP provides a supportive living environment where counselors & staff are committed to helping youth achieve self-sufficiency and transition to living independently in the community.
To be eligible to participate in SILP, youth must be making the transition out of foster care to living on their own, and enrolled in an educational/vocational program or employed full-time. Around age 20, staff work with the youth to secure their own apartment and lessen their stress and questions about living independently.
SILP youth who have their own child(ren) are placed in Parent/Child SILP, which is designed to give young parents the opportunity to learn self-sufficiency, effective parenting techniques, and how to use community services to provide a safe and healthy home for their child(ren). Youth in this program live independently with their child(ren) and maintain their own schooling. Effective day care and parenting classes are key components to this program and the success of the youth.
- Housing and living support, as well as daily supervision from their counselors and/or life skills coach.
- Money management training– They learn how to open bank accounts, budget for bills, and effectively manage their money.
- Independent living skills training– This training focuses on personal hygiene, housekeeping, job seeking skills, and more.
- Clinical and therapeutic services – Therapeutic support and crisis intervention is available 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week.
- Educational/vocational support – Gateway Longview works with local high school and post-secondary institutions to assure the client’s educational needs are being met.
- Health and medical care – Medical and dental services are available through community providers.
- Discharge planning– Teens and young adults who enter SILP begin preparing for discharge from day one. The entire program prepares the youth for living on their own.
For more information on Gateway Longview’s SILP program or to refer a youth, call (716) 381-1433.