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Independent Living Program

Open Heart currently offers a Independent Living Program. Our Program includes the following:

  • Serves youth between the ages of 16-19

  • Youth must be temporary or permanent court wards of the foster care system

  • Youth must commit to a school plan, vocational plan, living arrangement, budget, and schedule

  • Youth must exhibit maturity in self-care and personal judgement

  • Youth must be in compliance with mental health services and/or all prescribed medications

  • Youth must be assigned to the Independent Living program through MDHHS

  • OHC provides the following:

  • Housing supervision

  • Low barrier housing

  • Assists youth in becoming economically self-sufficient

  • Assists with independent living skills such as:

    • Life skills assessments of strengths and needs

    • College applications

    • Educational or vocational referrals and/or support

    • Employment referrals and/or support

    • Adult and/or peer mentors

    • Practical hands-on experience

    • Cooking

    • Laundry

    • Resume Writing

    • Cover Letter Writing

    • Interview Skills

    • Financial Literacy

    • Communication Skills


Residency with Open Heart Communities is meant to bridge the gap to living independently. We offer assistance in becoming economically self-sufficient by providing low barrier housing with a variety of resources for life skills and supportive services.

Please ​note ​that ​Open Heart Communities is ​a ​program. ​Living ​in ​Open Heart Communities ​is ​not ​a ​landlord/tenant arrangement ​where ​paying ​rent ​entitles ​the ​tenant ​to ​live ​there. ​It’s ​a ​program ​that ​has ​admission ​policy, discharge ​policy ​and ​requires ​cooperation ​from its ​residents. Our rules, policies, and procedures are in place to ensure client’s safety, health, and overall well-being.

Youth must follow the following house rules:

  • No overnight guests

  • No engaging in sexual activity inside the home

  • No drugs or alcohol in the home

  • No fighting

  • No illegal or criminal activity

  • No firearms or weapons

  • No smoking inside the home

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