Opportunity House

Opportunity House is an innovative initiative in Northern Kentucky to develop post-secondary educational opportunities and stabilize housing for Opportunity Youth with a planned opening in Fall of 2022.

Opportunity House will provide a supportive environment to young adults to reach their educational and career goals which leads to a pathway to labor market success for those who traditionally experienced barriers to completing education beyond high school. The goal of Opportunity House will be to reduce the challenges young adults face, including housing ultimately leading to educational success, employment, and self-sufficiency.

The project entails developing 15 efficiency and 1 one bedroom apartments on Northern Kentucky University's campus with individual bathrooms and kitchenettes . In addition, there will be a large group room, classroom, full kitchen, and small meeting rooms.

APPLICATION COMING SOON! 

Criteria for young adults to apply and enroll: 

  • Must be a student accepted/enrolled (at least part-time) at an accredited post-secondary institution
    • certificate program, two-year certificate or degree program, or undergraduate degree
  • Must be a single without children
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Already have a High School Diploma or GED
  •  At least 18 years of age, and up to 24 at the time of enrollment
  • Obtain and maintain part-time employment (10 hours minimum a week) 
  • Regularly attend life skills workshops and meetings with a case manager
  • Must meet income eligability for Section 8 housing and not have a Felony conviction
  • Complete full program application and interview process

Why We Do It

The latest data shows that in Northern Kentucky there are 6,490 Opportunity Youth (young adults ages 16 -24) in Northern Kentucky. Youth in Northern Kentucky travel along many paths during their transition to adulthood. For some, the road is relatively smooth and direct, others face a more difficult path. Many of these young adults feel post-secondary goals are out of reach. This can be especially true for young adults aging out of state’s care or foster care, or those with similar life experiences. This is our target population. They often lack the support and knowledge of how to stabilize themselves in order to allow for education to be their priority. By providing access to affordable housing, and support services, Opportunity House eliminates many of the barriers young adults face in reaching their academic, career, and financial dreams. 

Many of the young adults in this program will be first generation college students. They have hopes and dreams, but are unable to find a way to achieve their goals. These young adults are on their own and often have little to no adult support or guidance. They need to know that they have a place to live, and their basic needs are met, to dedicate the time and effort needed to be successful in college. This program will allow for them to live with peers that have similar life experiences while recieving ongoing support.