Geary House: Housing for Transition Aged Youth 18-24
Transition age youth (aged 18 – 24) are among the fastest-growing segments of San Francisco’s homeless population. Even kids raised in supportive homes with the resources they need for success require help and guidance during the important transition from adolescence to adulthood. For those with traumatic histories of abuse, neglect, and time on the streets, this support is especially critical.
Geary House is a 35-bed housing program for homeless transition-aged youth that Larkin Street Youth Services took over form Catholic Charities CYO in 2007. Similar to Larkin Street’s original transitional living program for older youth, Avenues to Independence (ATI), G-House provides up to 24 months of stable, service-rich housing in a facility with 24-hour staffing. Like so many of those Larkin Street serves, residents at Geary House face daunting obstacles to their long-time success.
Through onsite case management, life skills training, and mental health and substance abuse counseling, residents access the full range of support they need to overcome the obstacles that stand in their way. They develop positive peer and adult relationships, and learn how to integrate recovery, self-care, and self-sufficiency into their lives. Larkin Street helps them move from crisis mode toward building a solid plan for the future.
Absent timely and comprehensive intervention, these youth are at risk of becoming San Francisco’s next generation of chronically homeless adults. Geary House intervenes when these youth need it most — at a time when they can benefit fully from the resilience of youth and put their lives back on track toward a bright future.
Annually, approximately 50 youth reside at G-House, and 85% of those who complete the program move on to stable housing.