First Place works with landlords throughout Greater Portland to secure affordable apartments for youth who are ready and willing to do the work to attain independence. Open to homeless youth, ages 18 to 23, who cannot safely return to their families, First Place offers participants single-occupancy apartments and case management for up to 18 months, after which time the tenant is expected to be prepared to assume responsibility for the lease. First Place is a long-term supportive housing model developed and implemented by social service professionals who have a deep understanding of why youth are often unsuccessful in housing programs and the skills to help young people overcome obstacles to stable housing.

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