Walkabout is a transitional house in Freeport, serving homeless adolescents and young adults.
Started in 1974, we provide 10 young people (ages 16-20) with housing and services for up to 18 months to prepare them for living independently in the community or returning home to their families.
Residing at the Walkabout residence is voluntary.
Each resident must:
Be employed full time or in a vocational training program that will lead to full-time employment, or completing school and willing to work on a part-time basis
Participate in acquiring skills for independent living, such as cooking and shopping.
Budget and save money for his or her next living situation
Accept responsibility for his or her behavior through daily activities, such as doing chores and adhering to curfews
Be actively planning to either live independently in the community or return home to their family
Vocational and education planning, assessment and assistance
Individual and group counseling on a weekly basis
Family intervention whenever possible
Group projects and recreational activities
Medical and mental health resources (made available, as necessary)
Aftercare services include supportive counseling, referral services and scholarship assistance
Prospective residents may be accepted into the house after being interviewed by Walkabout staff
The screening includes interview, explanation of program rules and requirements and a tour of the Walkabout facility.
A referral to the house can be made by a family member, by the young person or by an interested professional.
If it is determined that the youth is appropriate for the TILP the youth will be initially referred to the emergency youth residence-Nassau Haven where they will be stabilized prior to their transition to Walkabout.
A referral can be made by calling the Program Coordinator at (516)379-8251, Monday through Friday.
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Should you need immediate housing, please contact FCA's Nassau Haven residence at (516)-221-1310.
Walkabout does not discriminate because of race, creed or national origin.
Certification: Walkabout for Young Men and Women is certified by the Office of Children and Family Services as a transitional residence for homeless youth. Services are provided in accordance with the NYS Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.
Walkabout for Young Men and Women is funded by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services, NYS Department of Health and Human Services, Nassau County Youth Board, Nassau County Department of Housing and private contributions from concerned individuals and the business community.