Transitional Living in West Virginia began more than 21 years ago with after-care services being provided to youths exiting foster care. These services were initially unfunded, but soon received Federal Funding and matching state dollars as part of the John H. Chafee Foster Care to Independence. That program was further enhanced with Educational and Training Vouchers for youths seeking to complete a post-secondary education program.
Youths may receive assistance to complete unique programs designed to help them achieve independence. Youths can either continue in foster homes or get into their own apartment to pursue high school completion, vocational programs, or even long-term employment goals. To support and expand the Foster Youth Initiative (FYI) HUD housing voucher program, the Bureau for Social Services supports Youth Navigators who work withing the West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness and the Public Housing Authority around the state to get youth into safe, affordable and stable housing.