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Independent Living Programs



Independent Living Programs


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The DHS Independent Living Program (ILP) assists youth who are or were in foster care to become independent adults.

The program gives an opportunity for youth to learn valuable skills necessary to make a successful transition from state and Tribal custody to living on their own in the community.

Youth age 14 or older may be eligible for a variety of programs through the Independent Living Program, including:

  • Independent Living Skill Building Program – Provides training and classes to prepare youth to live independently.

  • ILP Discretionary Funds

  • Chafee Education and Training Grant Program (ETG) – Can provide funds to assist youth with post-secondary education or training.

  • Independent Living Housing Subsidy Program and Chafee Housing Program – Can provide funds to assist youths with room and board expenses, if they qualify.

Services may vary depending on the resources available in your local area. Visit our Eligibility & Services page for more detailed information.

The ILP may also provide the following services:


Educational/Vocational Services:

  • Tutoring/Remedial
  • GED Classes
  • Preparation for Higher Education
  • Driver's Education
  • Vocational Assessment
  • Special Vocation Training
  • Financial assistance


  • Job Readiness
  • Job Search
  • Job Placement

Support Groups:

  • Peer Groups
  • Youth Networks
  • Retreats
  • Conferences

Life Skills Training:

  • Budgeting and Financial Planning
  • Community Resources
  • Housing Options/Location
  • Legal Issues
  • Health Care
  • Transportation
  • Shopping
  • Emergency and Safety Skills
  • Interpersonal/Social Skills/Cooking
  • Housekeeping
  • Personal Appearance
  • Recreational/Leisure