Homespace Supervised Independent Living Program (SILP)
Homespace opened our Supervised Independent Living Program (SILP) in March 2008. Our supervised, independent living program supports 17 to-21 year old young women who are pregnant and parenting and young women without children in the foster care system. This program allows for youth to voluntarily remain in the foster care system so that they can continue to pursue goals related to independent living, education, vocation and parenting.
A major advantage of the Homespace SILP program is that our townhouses are located on the secure property of our administrative office. Our grounds are protected by security cameras and every unit has a private security system. We are staffed 24-7 therefore either a social work/clinical staff person or a Direct Care Worker is available at all times. All visitors coming onto the property have to be allowed in through the front office and must show photo identification before entering.
There are a total of thirteen townhouses and each unit has 2-3 bedrooms (including one handicapped accessible unit), a living room, kitchen, dining area, and bathroom. Additionally, our residents share a secured courtyard, laundry facility, and a family visitation/recreation room.
Every resident at Homespace is expected to work diligently on their goals and each resident is linked with our Case Planner and a Independent Living Coordinator to help guide them. Our Case Planner connects our residents with educational services, medical services, mental health counseling and ensures family/adult support connections. Additionally, this person works closely with Family Court and Department of Social Services to ensure that their service plan is strengths-based and comprehensive. Our Independent Living Coordinator utilizes various assessments to determine our residents skills related to independence and necessary skills to be a confident and productive member of society. Youth also develop individual goals related to budgeting, household maintenance, grocery shopping, nutrition, job readiness, and parenting. Parenting youth are linked with a community resource to support their parenting goals.
This includes EPIC, Early Head Start and/or Buffalo Pre-Natal Network. Additionally, our residents are required to attend weekly group that focuses on topics related to self-care, self-awareness, parenting, problem-solving and other independent living skills.
We are found at...
1030 Ellicott Street,
Buffalo, NY 14209