Transitional & Supportive Housing

GEMS serves young women who have often been severely traumatized and therefore places heavy emphasis on the well-being and recovery of its members. As our young women begin to rebuild their lives, secure housing becomes an essential component to healing, improved well-being, and building longstanding change. GEMS currently offers young women two distinct housing programs.


Transitional Independent Living Program

The Transitional Independent Living (TIL) program affords housing to runaway and homeless youth with the goal of providing a supportive environment in which young people can build self-sufficiency and lasting independent living skills. The TIL serves youth between the ages of 16 and 21 who cannot immediately reunite with their families and require a supportive environment in which they can grow and become autonomous. The program targets youth who require transitional housing for up to 18 months and gives priority to youth referred by DYCD-funded crisis shelters. Through this housing program, GEMS aims to empower commercially sexually exploited young women to achieve their goals, attain independence, and reach their full potential.

If you are interested in referring someone to the TIL program, fill out the form here.


Supportive Housing ProgramImani House

Imani House provides supportive services that enable individuals, ages 18 to 23, who are fleeing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking to locate and secure permanent housing and to integrate into the community. Rooms are available for singles, and for mother and child. While none of these services are mandated, GEMS encourages clients to make use of the services offered as part of a comprehensive approach to transitioning from victimization to safety and self-sufficiency.

If you are interested in referring someone to Imani House, fill out the form here.

For questions about GEMS Transitional & Supportive Housing program, contact GEMS’ Residential Director, Mikell Munro at