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Current Location: Skip Navigation LinksHome | Get Set for Life | Living Skills & Resources | Are you ready to live on your own?

Are you ready to live on your own...what you may not know...

(Information obtained from Preparing Adolescents for Young Adulthood (PAYA), Handbook for Skill Development, Massachusetts Department of Social Services – click here to visit website)

Packing moving box

Moving out on your own is a big step. You will have to plan for this event long before you will actually live independently and you will need to prepare for this move with the help of your family, group care staff, your social worker, and friends. By the time you move out, you must have saved some money for the start-up costs. You will have to know where and possibly with whom you want to live. You will need a steady income, a support system, and you will have to be ready. The anticipation of moving out to live on your own can also create many different feelings. Excitement, loneliness, insecurity, happiness, homesickness are all common feelings during this stage of your life.

The better you have planned and prepared for moving out, the more successful you will be. There are many things to be considered and many decisions to be made. Before deciding what kind of living arrangement would best fit your needs, you have to think about the geographical area you would like to live in. Be sure to consider such factors as availability of support systems, transportation, and location of work or school while making your choice.

Another important part of preparation to move out is the financial aspect. You will need to save money for leaving home. The amount to be saved greatly depends on your future plans, anticipated living situation, and preferences.

Let's take a closer look at Income (Job), Housing, and Living Healthy.

Resources Available:

Tumbleweed Center
Serves abused, abandoned, troubled, homeless, runaway or neglected youth 11 to 22 years of age in Maricopa County

Programs and Services Provided

  • Emergency shelter
  • Transitional living
  • Counseling
  • Skill development
  • Education and employment assistance
  • Family reunification
  • Independent living skills training
  • Street outreach and drop-in center resources in Tempe and Phoenix
  • A community Learning Center - a certified school, vocational and work placement center

Arizona Bridge to Independent Living
Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL) is Arizona's largest center for Independent Living. ABIL offers and promotes programs designed to empower people with disabilities to take personal responsibility so they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles within the community.