Young Adult

Living independently in our Transition Age Youth Housing Program

Young Adult Housing

Living independently in our Transitional Housing Program
TLC has three housing programs that give young people, ages 16-24, the opportunity to learn critical life skills and receive support from professional staff while living independently in Sonoma County.

TLC partners with landlords and homeowners to provide safe apartments and homes throughout Sonoma County.

THP Plus Foster Care

Transition Age Youth Housing Placement-Plus-Foster Care Program (THP+FC) is designed specifically for youth aged 18-21 who have opted to remain in foster care as non-minor dependents. This housing option is for young adults who are ready to obtain more self-sufficiency and independence while still wanting support in reaching their goals.


The Transition Age Youth Housing Placement Program (THPP) helps youth, ages 16-18, to emancipate from foster care successfully by providing a safe environment to practice the life skills necessary to live independently.

THP Plus

The Transition Age Youth Housing Placement Plus (THP-Plus) program gives housing support and assistance in independent living skills to former foster youth, ages 18-24.

 Do you have a Room or Home to Rent?

If you have a room in your house or an apartment that you want rented, TLC can help you. You will house a young adult as a tenant who is supervised by professional staff as they learn to live on their own. Both the landlord and our youth benefit in this win-win situation.

Join our commitment to help young people emancipate successfully into productive lives as members of our Sonoma County communities.


“We rented a room to a teenager  in the Transition Age Youth Housing Program and were very happy with the whole process. From beginning to end THP did an amazing job supporting us. Their attention to detail and dedication to the well-being of the teenager and ourselves was tremendous. Our questions were quickly answered by their highly trained staff and the regular check-in they did allowed us to maintain very clear communication between all of us. It was a very enriching.” -LC


Program Director

Director for Transitional Housing Program

Shelby Means, M.S.W.

Director for Transitional Housing Program

Shelby Means, M.S.W.


Associates Degree Napa Valley College
Bachelor’s Degree Sonoma State University Women’s and Gender Studies with minor in Women’s Health
Masters of Social Work California State University Long Beach

Work Experience

Shelby is the Program Director for TLC Child and Family Services Transitional Housing Programs. Shelby is active in her work with Sonoma County Foster youth, and particularly passionate in her support of Transitional Age Youth. Shelby has become a solid presence in community collaboration and is well known for her dedication to foster youth. In addition to her nine years with TLC, Shelby has worked with the County of Sonoma for the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home, Santa Rosa Junior College’s Foster and Kinship Program, and Napa County Child Welfare Services. Shelby has held internship positions at both the Living Room shelter for at risk mothers and children, Sonoma County Behavioral Health’s CAPE Team and with COTS shelter where she provided case management for homeless children and families. Shelby is committed to empowering and partnering with youth in order to achieve overall success, health and wellness.

More about Shelby

Shelby and her partner are foster parents who, along with their two children, have opened their hearts and homes to numerous children in need of love and compassionate care. Shelby and her family are in the process of adopting their current foster son. When not at THP, you will find her fostering rescue dogs, driving around town with a minivan full of kids, exploring the coast and spending time cheering on her children’s love of dance and soccer. Shelby has been described to be a strong leader, fierce, loyal, an eager learner, dedicated and passionate.

Phone:(707) 528-3020 ext. 208