The Children’s Village President and CEO Dr. Jeremy Kohomban testified before the NYC Council’s Committee on Juvenile Justice on September 21. Citing research and frontline experience, his testimony highlighted the critical need for family engagement to the long-term success of youth involved with the justice system. Dr. Kohomban concluded with three specific recommendations. More Info
Life’s Bridges Supported Housing
This program places homeless teens, ages 16 to 21, in supervised apartments and provides support to develop the resources and skills to survive on their own. Each apartment houses two young men or women with a counselor assigned who helps them with budgeting, shopping and other independent living skills. Youth may stay for a limited amount of time and must have a concrete plan for moving out on their own.
Youth come to the program voluntarily or are referred through sources such as the Department of Probation, school guidance counselors or social workers, treatment facilities, local churches, the foster care system, and CV’s Sanctuary and Street Outreach programs.
Criteria for Admission:
- 16-21 years old
- willing to refrain from use of alcohol and drugs
- able to accept and understand house rules and guidelines
- can benefit from a supportive environment without constant supervision
- will participate in case planning with staff
- does not appear to be a danger to himself or others.
Parent Child Program
CV has a small number of apartments for pregnant or parenting teens. CV provides 24-hour supervision and a range of supports for both teen and babies. Most supported housing programs require youth to move out of the apartment at the end of the allotted time so they can make room for another youngster. This means the young person has to find an apartment, move their belongings, set up utilities and deal with navigating a new location. The Parent Child Program is unique in that we allow a youth who is stable and working to take over the apartment lease after a year. We provide a housing subsidy for up to one additional year to help them with the rent.
Contact Life’s Bridges Program
- Telephone: (914) 693-0600 extension 6417
- Fax: (914) 593-0671
The Children’s Village
1 Echo Hill
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Life’s Bridges Supported Housing Program