Q: I’m working with a homeless former foster youth who attempted to access housing through our local THP-Plus program, but he was told by a social worker that he did not meet the work requirements to enter the program. Is this part of the THP-Plus eligibility requirements?
A: No, work requirements are not part of THP-Plus eligibility. Youth eligible for the THP-Plus program:
- are at least 18 years of age and not more than 24 years of age*
- have exited from the foster care system on or after his or her 18th birthday
- have not previously received services through THP-Plus for more than a total of 24 months, whether or not consecutive*
- *a county may, at its option, extend THP-Plus to a former foster youth not more than 25 years of age, and for a total of 36 months if they are completing secondary education or a program leading to an equivalent credential, or enrolled in an institution that provides postsecondary education.
As a condition of participation in THP-Plus, the youth shall enter into a Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP) that shall be mutually agreed upon, and annually reviewed by the youth and county welfare or probation department or independent living program coordinator.
While many youth may have employment or education listed as a goal in their TILP, there is no blanket work or school requirement as a condition of THP-Plus eligibility, and there is a high likelihood that youth entering the program are not yet meeting the goals in their TILP, but are working toward them.
Citation: Welfare & Institutions Code 11403.2(a)(2)