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Valley Youth House Receives $20,000 Award from the Connelly Foundation

Valley Youth House is pleased to announce its selection to receive a two-year grant of $20,000 from the Connelly Foundation. This award will support general operations for the Philadelphia Independent Living Programs, which provide support for homeless youth ages 18-21 who have exited the foster care system.

Philadelphia, PA, June 18, 2014 --( In 2013, 132 young people were housed through Valley Youth House programs in Philadelphia. Youth are assisted with finding apartments, signing leases, and developing self-sufficiency skills. Says Victoria K. Flaville, Senior Vice President at the Connelly Foundation: “Many young adults age out of the foster care system without a feasible housing option, and (Valley Youth House) programs enable them to find their footing in the adult world without sacrificing their dignity or responsibility.”

In addition to housing support, youth work with their Life Skills Counselor to complete an individualized plan that identifies manageable employment, education, and life skills goals. Upon successfully exiting the program, youth become self-sufficient and are able to maintain permanent stable housing. 91% of young adults remained in stable housing after completing the VYH Independent Living program in 2013.

VYH was previously awarded a grant from the Connelly Foundation in 2012.
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