Transitional Living Program

The mission of the HWAM Transitional Living Program (TLP) is to create a trauma-informed, culturally aware and safe environment for our Transitional Aged Young Adults to utilize their individual strengths to end the cycle of poverty and become pillars of the community.

The purpose of our program is to provide opportunity and support services to young adults ages 18-21 years old who have a desire to work towards independence. The HWAM Transitional Living Program will assist residents in preparing themselves for the future workplace, and for being contributing members of society.

This program focuses on four outcomes: Stable housing, permanent connections, social/emotional well-being and employment/education.

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This is a structured program to assist residents to work toward independent living and achieve other life goals. Participants are required to meet weekly
productive hours, establish a savings account, prepare their own meals, and maintain their personal and shared living spaces. Residents are required to meet weekly with a case manager and attend weekly skills groups/house meetings.

Services are available to all eligible youth regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. Walk-ins, drop-offs, and referrals are all assessed and screened to identify needs, eligibility and appropriateness. All youth entering the shelter will be cleared by local Law Enforcement.

Who Is Eligible?

  • Young adults ages 18-21 years who are voluntarily requesting service
  • Young adults determined to be runaway, homeless, or at-risk
  • Young adults who are preparing to transition out of ODHS custody
  • Young adults residing in Jackson or Josephine counties
  • Young adults with basic life skills, mental health stability, and do not require constant supervision

Benefits of TLP

  • Safe stable housing while working toward independence
  • Personal support from dedicated and caring staff
  • Job readiness and attainment
  • Improved relationships with family and friends

Skill Building

  • Relationships/communication skills
  • Health and fitness
  • Grocery shopping
  • Meal planning
  • School and job
  • Money management
  • Tenant readiness
  • Laundry
  • Focus on goals

Jackson County
521 Edwards Street, Medford, OR
(541) 646-7385

Josephine County
1504 NE 9th St. Grants Pass, OR
(541) 956-4190

Ways to Help

Our 2 biggest needs at this time are prayer and financial. If these are your areas of gifting, we would greatly appreciate your support.

  • Gift Cards
  • Dish Soap
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Cleaning Supplies (Clorox Wipes, Toilet Cleaners)
  • Paper Towels


When I drop my child off at the shelter, can I visit on the weekends?

All of our clients are over 18 so they are responsible for keeping parents in the loop and setting up times for them to visit if they so choose.

I have a cell phone, can I use it in the shelter?

Cell phones are fine. We have wifi and will not monitor usages since they are adults.

I am a vegetarian, do you have food that can accommodate my allergies or food preferences?

We provide some kitchen staples, but encourage clients to learn how to shop for their own foods. We will help them get food stamps if they don’t have them yet.

How does my child get to school?

We will help the client set up transportation for school and work. They will be responsible for getting themselves where they need to be each day.

Things to Note

  • We are not physically staffed 24/7.
  • Youth are expected to remain drug/alcohol free while participating in the TLP program.
  • There may be times when staff are not physically present.4) Youth in TLP are expected to have 36-40 productive hours each week including areas of employment, education, volunteering, treatment, physical exercise.
  • Youth in TLP are expected to contribute to the household by doing household chores, helping with yard-work and keeping their living space clean.
  • Youth are expected to work with our Case Manager to develop goals in the areas of Mental Health, education, physical health, employment, life skills and planning for exit.
  • Youth are expected to work with Skills Trainers to work on skills needed for independents and to meet goals outlined in their service plan.
  • HWAM TLP is a CO-ED shared living space with other youth and there is an expectation that common courtesy is maintained such as appropriate attire, respectful behavior, cleanliness, commitment to grow and gain skills toward independence.

I’m so grateful to be in a place where my future is important to not just myself but those around me too.