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Journey Home

See below to take a Virtual Tour of Journey Home

Journey Home  
Bridge to Independent Living for Youth

At your EUMA, we are committed to making homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring. Sometimes that means forming strategic partnerships with existing organizations to achieve our shared goals.

In partnership with Bethesda Lutheran Services and Family Services of NW PA, EUMA’s Journey Home Program serves youth (18-24) who are aging out of foster care, with 5 housing units, and are at risk of homelessness without an intervention.


Who We Serve:

Youth (18-24) who are aging out of foster care and, due to their situation, are at a significantly greater risk of experiencing homelessness.  For many of these youth, there are education delays, trauma and a lack of basic living skills.

How We Serve:

EUMA provides safe and stable housing, at five EUMA properties throughout Erie, for up to 25 youth. While under the watchful and caring eyes of a Resident Assistant/EUMA staff and our partners’ case managers, youth learn how to budget, take care of their own apartment, find employment and learn how to be good neighbors.

EUMA’s Journey Home offers youth the opportunity to learn to live on their own -  while receiving the supportive services and housing they need - to bridge the gap from foster care to independent living.

  • Journey Home Housing Unit: (6) 1 bedroom, housing 4 youth, 1 Resident Assistant, 1 office space in the Supported Living Assistance or housed by signing their own lease with a voucher (section 8) provided by OCY.

  • Living Grace Apartments: (11) 1 bedroom housing 1 Resident Assistant, 10 youth either in Supported Living Assistance or housed by signing their own lease with a voucher (section 8) provided by OCY.

  • DeFazio Housing Unit: (2) 2 bedroom housing in the Independent Living Program meant for mothers.

  • Haven House Housing Unit: (4) a bedroom spaces in the Independent Living Program

  • Glenwood Housing Unit: (1) 2 Bedroom and (1) 1 Bedroom - Signed lease with youth when they have after graduated from Independent Living Program.

How You Can Help:

Invest by giving monetary donations to be used for the care and maintenance of our five properties, that support youth in their move away from homelessness and into a home of their own.


Take a video tour of EUMA's newest housing facility for youth aging out of foster care - Open November 2020.

Link to video: Click here for Link to Journey Home Video Tour

Our Impact This Year

  • Adults and children sheltered


  • Bed nights provided by Our Neighbors' Place


  • Veterans exiting to permanent housing


  • People rapidly re-housed


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