The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 8, 2013

Ozark Center expands housing available for young adults

By Debby Woodin

— More transitional housing for homeless young adults who need help preparing to live independently has been opened by Ozark Center.

A celebration was held Friday morning for the opening of eight more apartments in the Pre-Adult Transitional Housing program at 3409 S. Schifferdecker Ave.

The center has expanded it’s available apartments for young people ages 17 to 22 from it’s first unit of eight, which opened in 2010, to 16.

“After a young adult exits the foster care system or mental health residential system, they often have nowhere to go and no knowledge of how to be successful in our society,” Phil Willcoxon, CEO of Ozark Center, said in a statement.

 “PATH seeks to change those patterns by offering these youth transitional housing opportunities as well as services to help them adjust to adult life and teach them to cope effectively.”

In addition to young adults who have been in residential mental health programs or foster care, the program is available to those who are homeless because they left unsafe situations.