Transitional housing is a home that offers shelter to individuals that were previously homeless, have had substance abuse problems or have been involved in bad living environments. Transitional housing usually limits the amount of time an individual can occupy a home or shelter to around two years.
The goal of transitional housing is to assist tenants in transitioning to permanent housing. To do this, transitional programs include assistance in areas such as counseling, job training, finding employment, education, life skills training, health care, child care, transportation and referrals to other assistance programs. Most organizations offering transitional housing are non-profits.
The U.S. government also offers transitional housing programs for youths up to their 18th birthday. The programs are similar to those created for adults and are necessary to provide youths with stable, safe living accommodations and services to develop their independence. Examples of transitional living accommodations include group homes, group maternity homes, host-family homes or supervised apartments. Youths have access to education services, including GED training and post-secondary or vocational training, and are also offered mental and physical health services. Although individuals in a transitional living program are living in a home, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services still considers them homeless.