Foyer Housing Program
The Foyer housing program offers stable and affordable housing to young people age 16-25, with the support and resources necessary to make the transition to independence. Each tenant signs a lease and rents a furnished efficiency apartment (view photos) located at the Booth Brown House.
Watch this testimonial video from former program participants.
Transitional housing is available to 16-21 year-olds and has:
- No minimum income requirement
- No disability or homelessness requirement
Permanent supportive housing is available to 18-25 year-olds and has varying eligibility requirements. Of the 25 permanent housing units, six are subsidized by the St. Paul Public Housing Authority as HUD housing and require verification of disability and chronic homelessness. Ten units are for young people with a stable income who demonstrate independence and can support a higher base rent. The remaining nine units are subject only to the 18-25 year-old age restriction, with no income, disability or homelessness requirements.
In addition, up to eight permanent supportive housing tenants may qualify for Group Residential Housing (GRH) funding to help pay for their housing expenses.
- between the ages of 16 and 25
- homeless or at-risk of homelessness
- transitioning from a public system, such as foster care, residential treatment centers, homeless shelters, etc.
- in need of extra support to transition to a safe and stable adulthood
Youth with current drug or alcohol problems, recent history of violent behavior, or a mental health disorder or issue that is not being resolved through counseling or treatment will not be admitted to the program.
For more information of questions about your eligibility, contact a case manager at 651-251-3502.
Rules & Expectations
Tenants can expect:
- A safe, affordable and clean place to live
- To feel supported by all staff in your efforts to make the transition to adulthood and independence
- To feel heard and respected
- Opportunities to be engaged at Foyer and in the community
What we expect from tenants:
- Ability to responsibly maintain housing and care for basic needs with minimal supervision
- Desire to participate in employment, education, job or skills training, volunteerism, and other productive activities
- Willingness to participate in case management and work on mutually-established goals in the areas of self-improvement, personal growth and increased stability
- Commitment to remain sober and a willingness to participate in support systems to achieve this goal
For a detailed list of rules, view the Foyer program rules.
Openings & How to Apply
- HUD-subsidized unit: Applicants must be 18-24 years old and chronically homeless with a disabling condition. They must also submit the HUD disability verification and chronic homelessness verification forms, along with the program application.
- Permanent-supportive housing unit: Applicants must be 18-24 years old and have an average monthly gross income of $900.
- Transitional living program: Applicants must be 16-20 years old. There is no minimum income or homelessness requirement.
To apply, please complete the following:
- Foyer application
- Copy of photo ID
- Proof of income from previous 30 days, if applicable
- Disability verification form, if applicable (HUD units only)
- Chronic homelessness verification form, if applicable (HUD units only)
Completed forms should be emailed to BBHFoyer@usc.salvationarmy.org or faxed to 651-646-1655, Attn: Foyer Case Manager.
Applicants who have applied to the Foyer Program within the past six months can complete an applicant update form instead of starting a new application.
Eligible applicants will be called for an interview with program staff and residents. Applicants must pass a drug screening and will be selected for openings based on the following:
- Current housing status
- Stability of income
- Mental and physical health stability
- Ability to successfully participate in community living
Onsite support staff includes resident assistants, case managers, an administrator (landlord), a program director and an operations specialist.
The Foyer movement started in Europe in the 1950s, providing young people with a place to stay and job training. Our Foyer Housing program is the first to open in the U.S. and is the only Foyer apartment complex operated by The Salvation Army.
Read more about the international Foyer movement.
- Living – providing a safe, stable and affordable environment
- Learning – developing life skills and educational opportunities
- Earning – providing links to employment opportunities and other sources of stable income