Live at MLC

What do the youth do?

Weekly Activities
  • A minimum of 30 hours of a combination of school, work, and community service
  • Goals and schedules turned into Case Manager
  • Upkeep and cleanliness of the building and apartment
Required Classes
  • Rent Wise – Focuses on what it means to be a good renter, landlord-tenant relationships, and provides youth with valuable tools to aid them in their transition to independence.
  • Life Skills – Focuses on teaching, developing and implementing the life skills necessary to live successfully.
Money Management
  • 30% of the youth's income is charged for rent
  • 10% of youth's income is put into a savings account that can only be withdrawn upon their graduation from MLC
  • Any purchase over $50 must be approved by the Case Manager or Program Director

What We Do

Guidance to Independent Living.

We work to provide guidance in each of our four transitional key points:


  • Employment and Career
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Living Situation
  • Community Life Functioning

Working to better prepare our youth.

We use the TIP (Transition to Independence Program), which includes:

  • Positive Youth Development, focusing on strengths instead of risks, and a hopeful future instead of the past.
  • Strength Based Futures Planning, finding a future that focuses on the strengths of each youth.
  • Support System Relationship Building, helping youth identify and build positive supports in their life.

MLC Skills Assessment

Upon entering the MLC program, each resident takes an independent living skills assessment that identifies their unique needs and skills. The results of this assessment help staff work with each resident to personalize their case plan, making it as beneficial and successful as possible.


  • Money Management Planning
  • Job Seeking Skills
  • Transportation
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Job Maintenance Skills
  • Food Management
  • Legal Skills
  • Leisure Activities
  • Community Resources
  • Personal Appearance
  • Educational
  • Housekeeping
  • Emergency & Safety
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Religion (optional)

We provide independent housing.

As a result of our partnership with the Housing Development Corporation, our facility was entirely renovated from 2012-2013, specifically to house the Maryland Living Center program. Therefore, every apartment in the building gives the residents an independent lifestyle with a full kitchen, bathroom, living room, and bedroom.

  • 12 apartments available for youth; 3 two-bedroom and 9 one-bedroom apartments
  • Two on-site laundry facilities
  • Library, with community computer and television
  • Supplementary food/hygiene pantry
  • Handicap accessible first floor
Maryland Living Center Program

MLC Video



By: Lauren Sawyer

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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Contact

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