U.P. KIDS Supportive Independent Living (SIL) is defined as the placement and supervision of children who are 16 years or older in their own unlicensed residence or in the unlicensed residence of an adult who has no supervisory responsibility for the youth.

SIL has a two step process where some of the youth first live in the home of an adult and pay rent. The youth, homeowner and U.P. KIDS sign an agreement that spells out the responsibilities of each party. The adult homeowner (or renter) doesn’t have supervisory responsibilities, but does agree to set house rules, act as a role model, and have regular contact with the U.P. KIDS staff.

The second step is for youth ready to live in their own residence (with support). In both steps, U.P. KIDS staff meets at least weekly with the youth. During these visits the staff ensures that the youth are fulfilling the educational and employment requirements of the program.

The staff also provides supportive services and education related to a variety of work, finance, relationship, and life skill areas. Each visit is also an opportunity to measure progress and continue an ongoing assessment of the youth’s needs.

Supportive Independent Living:   

57 Huron
Houghton, MI 49931
(906) 487-9832
(877) 423-2029