Based on the belief that all youth have the “right” to “pass” from childhood to adulthood with support from caring and experienced adults, Rights of Passage Apartment Living (ROPAL) helps older adolescents progress from homelessness to productive lifestyles though stable residency, improved life skills and employment opportunities, and increased self-responsibility for determining their future.
The ROPAL Program in Orlando consists of 42 beds in 10 scattered site apartments in the tri-county area. ROPAL offers youth up to two years of independent living in a furnished apartments with supportive case management.
ROPAL participants receive:
• Life Skills Education through intensive one-to-one case management
• Maintain employment and pay 30% of gross income toward rent
• Split utility and common bills with roommates
• Participate in case management sessions and case manager home visits
• Adhere to a budget, practice new life skills and continue to work on educational and vocational goals.
ROPAL in Orlando is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, through a grant administered by the Homeless Services Network.