What is Independent Living?
The Independent Living Program (ILP) assists current and former foster and probation youth aged 15-21 to develop independent living skills and achieve educational/vocational goals to successfully transition to self-sufficiency. The program offers a variety of services covering a wide range of life skill topics, including:
- Budget/money management
- Financial Aid
- Decision making
- Healthy relationships and lifestyles
- Health and nutrition
The Human Services Department works in collaboration with Encompass Community Services to provide Independent Living Program services to foster and probation youth in Santa Cruz County.