The Time to Focus on the Future of Our Youth is Now

There has never been a greater need to improve the health and future for unaccompanied youth than right now.

Nampa, ID, October 28, 2016 --( The Community Builder, which currently operates a resource center to provide support services that help homeless, under-served and financially distressed individuals and their families announces plans to expand to provide transitional housing for homeless youth ages 15 -17, both males and females.

Nampa has the highest number of homeless and unaccompanied youth in the State of Idaho. There are limited supports for these youth. The Youth Cares TLP+ will be the first of its kind in the State of Idaho to serve homeless youth. In addition, Canyon County does not currently have a transitional living program, much less one that provides concurrent case management and supportive services. The Community Builder, TLP+ will change that.

The Youth Cares TLP+ will provide housing and case management services for up to twenty 20 youth at any given time. In addition, services to approximately 75 additional young adults ages 16 - 21 each year to TLP+ non-residents. According to Teresa Short, The Community Builder Exec. Program Director once the property location is finalized and necessary funding secured, then construction is expected to start immediately. "We anticipate by spring 2017," Short said.

Without safe/stable housing, these young people will face the challenges of homelessness while living on their own without the support of a caring adult. They are at significant risk for dropping-out of school or attending college. Creating additional barriers as low-skilled and low-income workers, developing a long-term pattern of homelessness, or remaining unemployed deprives them of the opportunities to succeed in life.

TLP+ plans to offer the following services for these youth: case management, life skills training, financial literacy, nutrition and meal preparation, resume building, job skill development, social interaction and medical and mental health support. The short term goals are to prevent homelessness and provide youth a safe place to sleep off the street. With the help and support this program will give them, the long term goal is to assist the youth in becoming self-sufficient, contributing members of the community.

The Community Builder Youth Advisory Council brings extensive and specialized experience and expertise from various agencies including Nampa School District, Idaho Dept. of Health & Welfare, Idaho Dept. Juvenile Correction, Canyon County Juvenile Probation, VA, St. Lukes, City of Nampa, Organizations, Community Leaders & Business Owners

The Youth Transitional Living Program Plus (TLP+) Resource Center is partnering with the Nampa School District Homeless Liaison's, Canyon County Juvenile Probation and numerous organizations, agencies and others partners on this project. "We are amazed with the enormous amount of support the project has received and are excited to move forward, I do believe it takes a community to make it happen," said Dawn Barker, The Community Builder executive director.

"We are reaching out today and inviting community members to join TCB's "Because We Care" Campaign to raise funds for the building renovations to house former unaccompanied youth - the first big step in supporting youth in achieving these goals", said Barker.

For more information about the Because We Care Campaign or TCB's Youth Cares TLP+, please contact Teresa Short at (208)590-1084
The Community Builder
Dawn Barker