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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.

Housing Options

The Foyer program has 35 efficiency apartments – 10 transitional and 25 permanent supportive.

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.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for our housing programs, youth must be:

  • 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

The Foyer program maintains a set of rules to help tenants be successful and ensure they feel safe and secure.

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

There is currently one opening in our transitional living program for applicants age 16-20 years old. To apply, submit the following by March 14:

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
  • Sobriety
  • Mental and physical health stability
  • Ability to successfully participate in community living

Please join our email list to be notified about openings as they become available.Program tours are offered monthly and open to anyone to attend. View upcoming dates.

Support Staff

Tenants work with support staff to create an individualized case plan and accomplish goals in the areas of housing, employment, education, social connectedness, independent living skills, and mental, physical, and spiritual health.

Onsite support staff includes resident assistants, case managers, an administrator (landlord), a program director and an operations specialist.

Our History

The Booth Brown House Foyer program first opened in 2004 with 10 transitional housing units. Since its opening, the program has expanded to provide transitional and permanent supportive housing for up to 35 young people.

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.

Program Mission

We holistically link vulnerable or disadvantaged young people with housing, education, employment and their community through:

  • 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