Thanks to a partnership with the Office municipal d’habitation de Montréal and the City of Montreal, Héberjeune de Parc Extension has a 13- space building at its disposal in addition to owning two buildings offering 21 spaces, including 7 reserved to young mothers, for a total of 34 spaces dedicated exclusively to young adults.
Young people, selected along admission criteria, pay a rent equal to 25% of their monthly income, in accordance to the current flat rate. The stay can last from three to nine months, with extension possibility up to a full year at the most. During their stay, the young adults will have to take part in group meetings and share the task of maintenance requirement of common areas.
Throughout their stay, the young residents, including young mothers, are being offered individual assistance by the workers, so that they can make their way to better living conditions. The intervention is based on building a significant relationship between the support worker and the young client.
This intervention is defined by an approach that is both flexible and respectful of the youth’s needs. With the help of his assigned worker, he will set a personal intervention plan that will stress one or many goals to help him achieve a greater autonomy.
These goals can relate to many aspects, for instance: taking steps to find and keep a job or going back to school, learning ways to better cope with the stress of daily life, develop abilities to better communicate with others, develop healthier living habits, etc.
The workers of Héberjeune Parc Extension can rely on the support of many resources and partners organizations. For instance, the Parc Extension C.L.S.C. offers clinical assistance on the medical and psychosocial levels. Housing organizations offer the possibility to relocate young people in decent and convenient apartments, while making them aware of their rights and responsibilities. Community organizations offer services ranging from literacy to academic upgrading, to offering training possibilities and animating meetings on specific topics as special guests.
Each youth is accompanied by a case worker throughout his stay, so that he can attain his objectives and take many significant steps for his future.
The ultimate goal for Héberjeune de Parc Extension remains that the young people gain a greater sense of responsibility and personal independence. For young mothers, these goals remain the same, but also include family responsibilities and link with the child.
After their stay, Héberjeune de Parc Extension continues to offer follow-up and support to all the young people who have benefited from the services of the organization. During the three months following his leave, the former resident is contacted by our workers, either by phone or personal visit, to dwell on his situation and life conditions in general. If needed, Héberjeune’s workers remain available to the young as resource persons. He can also take part again in collective activities of the organization.
Admission of young adults to Héberjeune de Parc Extension is determined by a committee that evaluates the candidacies along precise criteria. As a rule, candidates are referred by workers in aid relationship from several health and social services youth organizations.
The young adult must …
- Be aged from 18 to 25 years old;
- Be referred, preferably by a worker from an institution or community organization;
- Be willing to undertake a mentoring process;
- Be ready to apply the measures of the intervention plan agreed upon with the case worker and included in the residence contract;
- Demonstrate a reasonable level of motivation;
- Demonstrate a capacity to function in shared living quarters;
- Have resided in the City of Montreal for 12 consecutive months during the last two years;
- Have a limited income.
At the onset of the stay and for each admission, an intervention plan is put together with each youth in cooperation with a Héberjeune case worker and the referring case worker, if needed. This plan includes concrete goals to be met such as returning to school, seeking a job, working on one’s general hygiene, regaining some stability or any other life project.