Transitioning to Independence Program (TIP) 1 & 2

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Transitioning to Independence Program (TIP) 1 & 2

The Transitioning to Independence Program (TIP) is an 18-month housing subsidy program intended to support youth who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, who identify that drugs and/or alcohol use is or has been problematic for them, and who feel ready, with support, to live independently. The aim of the program is to support youth with working towards overall wellness, stability and integration into their community so that they are capable and feel confident in maintaining market housing on their own once they complete TIP.

 TIP works in the community to support youth with finding and maintaining safe, affordable, market housing, while encouraging their continued commitment to their goals around substance use, life-skills, education and employment. TIP offers support with housing searches, viewing places to rent, communicating with landlords, outreach support, individualized wellness planning and life-skills training, group sessions focusing on life-skills and psychoeducational topics, connecting with education and employment support and opportunities, access to Food Bank, start-up supplies, and a rental supplement of up to $400 per month.

 Who can participate?

 Youth who:

  • Are between the ages of 16 – 24 years old (youth can start the program beyond this age range, as long as they have completed a referral before the age of 25 years old).
  • Are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
  • Are willing to live in Vancouver, Richmond, or the North Shore. (The rental supplement is able to be used towards market housing only in these areas.)
  • Are in need of financial assistance (based on individual assessments).
  • Voluntarily wish to participate.
  • Are willing to attend regular one-to-one appointments with TIP Case Manager.
  • Are meeting regularly with an addictions counsellor or other mental health professional and have a treatment/recovery plan.
  • Are willing to attend monthly psychoeducational / life-skills group sessions.
  • Agree to follow the program guidelines.
  • Are working to become more financially independent.
  • Have a plan to work towards life goals, such as education and/or employment

 While in the program, youth are expected to meet regularly with TIP Case Manager, meet regularly with an addictions counsellor or other mental health professional, attend monthly TIP group sessions, and work towards life goals. Life goals may include vocational, educational, recovery-based and other goals which support wellness, stability and integration into the participants’ community.

If you would like more information about the program, please contact Dustin, TIP Case Manager, at 604-782-9417

If you would like to make a referral to the program, please contact:

Central Addictions Intake Team (CAIT): 604-675-2455

Transitioning to Independence Program for Pregnant and Parenting Youth - TIP2 works in the community to help stabilize pregnant and parenting youth in safe, affordable housing while encouraging their continued commitment to their goal plan.

We offer - housing specific support including rent subsidy for market housing, house searching assistance, tenancy rights education and life skill development in securing and sustaining safe housing

  • one to one outreach support and advocacy
  • life skills workshops
  • connection to other community supports, and introduction to support systems such as food bank, low cost necessities

Who can participate?

  • pregnant or parenting youth between the ages of 16-24 years old
  • pregnant or parenting youth that live any where in the Lower Mainland
  • voluntary agree to follow the program guidelines
  • are willing to attend the mandatory life skills groups and one to one outreach appointments

For more information about the program, please call Lavern at 604-726-8852

Youth enrolled in the program who need to contact a TIP Outreach Worker, please reach out to following staff:

TIP 1 - Dustin can be reached at 604-782-9417 or via email dustin@watari.ca
TIP 2 - Lavern can be reached at 604-726-8852  or via email  lavern@watari.ca