Frequently Asked Questions

Living at MLC

Who can live at MLC?
MLC serves homeless youth between the ages of 16 and 21. We follow the McKinney-Vento definition of homelessness which states the term homeless youth, "means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence." If you, or a youth you know, fits this criteria please contact staff to inquire about vacancies and more in-depth qualification criteria.
What is expected of a youth in the MLC program?
Youth who are a part of the MLC program are required to fill their schedules with a minimum of 30 hours/week of employment, education, and community service. All youth are required to work and perform community service and education will be required for youth who have not yet received their high school diploma or GED and college may be an option for youth who are interested.

The Maryland Living Center is very initiative focused and asks that each youth takes the initiative necessary, along with staff assistance and guidance, in order to transition to independence.
What makes the MLC program different from other shelters/programs?
The Maryland Living Center is unique in a couple ways. First, many youth find it difficult to find the services they need in traditional homeless shelter situations because these programs are geared toward adults; MLC is geared specifically toward youth. Second, MLC seeks to be very client-centered. It is our goal to allow each youth's innate talents and voice to be identified and shaped in order to empower each of our youth to become successful and independent.
What is the living situation like at the Maryland Living Center?
In order to provide the best training for independent living, each youth in the MLC program will have their own one-bedroom apartment (two-bedroom apartments available for qualifying families). Each apartment has its own bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living area. Youth are expected to maintain the cleanliness of their apartment, prepare their own meals, and do their own laundry in our laundry facility.
Do residents of the Maryland Living Center need to pay rent?
Yes. Rent is required of all youth who are employed and is calculated by their income. Each youth is required to pay 30% of their gross income towards rent and is also required to put, at least, an additional 10% into a savings account which is to remain untouched until their transition from the program.


I would like to donate to the program, but what does MLC take/need?
The Maryland Living Center is always looking for donations whether they be monetary or items. For more specific needs, check out our needs list and feel free to contact MLC staff at (402) – 834 – 3180 with any questions.
Where do I send or drop off the donations?
The building is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday for donations to be dropped off or mailed to the building at 724 W. 7th Street Hastings, NE 68901. If you would like to set up a specific time for dropping of donations please call 402-834-3180.

Our mission

The mission of MLC is to provide an empowering life experience in a stable, safe, and secure living and learning environment, for homeless or transitioning youth. MLC is a permanent housing facility that aims to successfully transition homeless and aged-out youth – ages 16-21 years old – into independent living within 12-18 months.

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  •   724 W. 7th Street
    Hastings, NE 68901
  •   402-834-3180