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Living away from home while attending a college program is an important way to learn skills for independent living, and we recommend that all students take advantage of our residential option.

All incoming Pathway students will live in a university leased private apartment building adjacent to the UCLA campus. Two-bedroom apartments are available that can accommodate up to four students each. All apartments are fully furnished and basic utilities are included. Students returning to Pathway to complete the requirements for their certificate will be encouraged to explore nearby living environments that can continue to foster growth and independence to prepare for life after Pathway.

Residential Services

Beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year, residential services will be contracted out to Level Up Solutions, a community-based organization, to provide the needed supports for Pathway students. Residential services are included costs for students participating in the Full-Time Residential Program.

Residential staff support will be available on the premises from the hours of 7:00 PM – 8:00 AM during the academic year. The role of the residential staff is to:

  • Create an environment for academic success
  • Provide peer counseling and support with conflict resolution
  • Provide educational support as requested
  • Provide resource and referral information
  • Assist in the maintenance of a safe and secure environment

Supported Living Services

To provide direct instruction and support for daily living skills, Pathway collaborates with a non-profit agency (Level Up Solutions) that provides Supported and Independent Living Services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These services are typically funded and coordinated by the individual’s local regional center, the California system that coordinates and contracts for services to individuals with qualifying disabilities. Students who are not eligible for regional center services can contract directly with the agency. Supported Living staff are on-site Monday through Friday, and provide a wide range of instruction and support to Pathway students, including:

  • Budgeting and money management
  • Grocery shopping
  • Meal preparation and cooking
  • Household management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Personal hygiene
  • Health management
  • Behavior management
  • Community access

To decrease the amount of agencies and staff members entering and working throughout the apartments, and to provide the most consistency and efficiency in supporting all students transition to independent living, it is recommended that Supported Living Services be coordinated with the same provider that Pathway utilizes to provide residential support.  It is the responsibility of the student/family to ensure that supported living services are coordinated with their respective regional center and are in place prior to student move-in.