The Independent Living Center allows young adult women the opportunity to learn independent life skills for a period of up to 1 year. Residents work closely with an Independent Living Coordinator and Caseworker to address the issues of education, employment and future living, as well as a counselor to work on the issues that led to homelessness.

Women who wish to enroll in the Independent Living program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • 18 to 25 years old.
  • Homeless (as defined by HUD).
  • Earning 30% or less than median income level.
  • Able to establish a regular source of income.
  • Drug and chemical free for at least three months prior to program entry.
  • Be committed to making positive changes in their lives by maintaining a chemical free lifestyle and working toward employment goals.
  • Able to live independently.
  • Willing to follow program rules & regulations.

The Independent Living Center provides:

  • A decent place to live.
  • Nourishing food to eat.
  • Support in making important life transitions.

While most of us to take these things for granted, they remain beyond the reach of countless individuals in our community today. The CAO Julian B. Dargan Independent Living Center reaches out to young women in need. The CAO provides a bridge for homeless young adult women striving to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency and independent living.

Rebuilding lives with services and compassion.

The CAO along with collaborating agencies provide a wide range of services that lead to self-sufficiency. These services include:

  • Safe, affordable housing.
  • Case management.
  • Life skills training.
  • GED and college prep. classes.
  • The CAO Julian B. Dargan Independent Living Program is the only homeless shelter in the south towns of Erie County.
  • The CAO owns and operates the shelter; as well safe affordable housing for clients to transition into, once they are stabilized.
  • Services are tailored to meet the needs of each individual.
  • Programming and services for women as well as fun enrichment activities build on each individual's strengths and promote health and wellness.

Updated: July 11, 2016










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