Rights Of Passage

Children in Programs and Services Center. Emergency and Support Services for At-Risk Youth.

Rights Of Passage Transitional Living Program

Our Rights of Passage (ROP) transitional living program gives motivated homeless young people the chance to learn what it's really like to live on their own - and how to do it successfully. ROP offers a transitional living model to approximately 20 young people and their children in ten apartments in Ward 8. The 18-24 months that young people spend in the program is considered a stepping stone to more independent living.

While at ROP, youth have access to services that include:

  • Case Management
  • Employment, education and vocational advising
  • Identification of individual goals and assistance with identifying plans for attainment
  • Job readiness skills and employment retention
  • Group and individual Independent living skills workshops ( i.e. paying rent, cooking, cleaning, credit rebuilding, etc… )
  • Financial Literacy and budget management
  • Coordination and referrals to community service providers
  • Assistance with identifying, securing and moving into permanent housing options
  • After-care to ensure stability and continued pursuit of goals

To be accepted into the ROP program, young people must:

  • Identify as a single or parenting homeless head of household between the ages of 18-21 years old
  • Be employed full or part-time or receiving a monetary stipend from an education and/or job training program for a minimum of 30 days
  • Be referred to ROP by Covenant House Washington's Crisis Center
  • Provide a negative toxicology report conducted at the time of the ROP interview
  • Have a minimum of 60 documented substance-free as well as documentation of ongoing participation in a program of recovery, if you have a history of substance abuse.
  • Provide documentation of 30 days of consistent treatment compliance and be willing to continue active, ongoing participation in their treatment plans if accepted into ROP, If you have a history of mental health issues.
  • Any youth applying for ROP does not need to be involved in WRET Program

To learn more about Covenant House Washington's Rights of Passage Program intake criteria, please contact Charlene Traylor, Coordinator of Transitional Living at Ctraylor@chdc.org.

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