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Independence House

Youth who turn 18 and leave the foster care system are usually woefully unprepared to successfully transition to adulthood—and are especially vulnerable to homelessness. To address this problem, NJCDC worked with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families to create William Waldman Independence House—a safe, inviting and inspiring place, which provides housing and supportive services for young men who are homeless or leaving the foster care system.

Located at 16 Spruce Street, Independence House provides 24-hour support, including assistance in building independent living skills and developing vocational interests. During their time at Independence House, ten young men ages 18 to 21 pursue both educational and employment opportunities, preparing them to face the world by handling various responsibilities as adults.

While Independence House is "transitional housing," the friendships formed there are anything but transitional. The residents support each other and form supportive relationships that continue long after their transition to adulthood. After their time at Independence House, residents leave better prepared to live rewarding and productive lives.

Read former Indy House resident O'Brien Walters' story: Indy House Resident O'Brien Walters Takes His Next Steps to Independence

For more information: Please contact our Director of Residential Operations at 973.413.1604.

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