THE INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM

Providing Services in Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson Counties

354 N.E. Greenwood Avenue

Bend, Oregon 97701

541-617-9576

Fax: 541-388-9091

Email: info@meadowlarkmanor.org

 

Meadowlark Manor, Inc.

 

The Independent Living Program is a non-profit program that provides services to current and former foster youth who are between the ages of 14 and 20. Youth must be in Substitute Care (DHS or Tribal) OR as a former foster youth was dismissed from care at age 16 or older with 180 days of foster care placement services.

 

Discretionary Funds

Assistance with costs to meet goals for transition to independent living

 

Educational Assistance

College tours, financial aid and scholarship assistance

 

The Education and Training Grant

Up to $3,000 per academic year towards college or a training program,

Qualifications: Age 14 or older and currently in substitute care, or have been dismissed from care after reaching 16 years of age and had 180 or more cumulative days of substitute care.To receive funds the youth must be accepted and enrolled in college or a training program before turning 21.If receiving the grant upon reaching 21 years of age, youth may receive the grant until the age of 23

 

Daily Living Skills Services

Money management, Household maintenance, Transportation, Legal issues, Health, Community resources, Housing options, Personal hygiene, Employment readiness

 

Independent Living Housing Subsidy

Qualifications: Age 16 or older and in DHS care and custody, have had at least one prior substitute care placement, must be engaged in 40 hours of productive, time per week, including a combined total of 25 hours or more of work and education activities, required to be actively working to obtain high school diploma or GED if they havenít done so, required to be enrolled in independent living skill building services, need court approval, cannot reside with biological or legal parents

 

Chafee Housing

Qualifications: Age 18 to 20, discharged from care and custody (DHS or Tribal) on or after 18th birthday, must be engaged in 40 hours of productive time per week, including a combined total of 25 hours or more of work and education activities, 25 hours must be paid employment in the summer if not attending school, required to be actively working to obtain high school diploma or GED if they havenít done so, required to be enrolled in independent living skill building services, cannot reside with biological or legal parents, may not be eligible for Chafee housing when receiving an education and training grant

 

To access services as a former foster youth, contact the local DHS Child Welfare Office and request voluntary services. The youth will then go through the intake process. If the youth is under the age of 18, the parent(s) will need to sign the Voluntary Services request (form CF 304)