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Thank you for your interest in Sanctuary Palm Springs! Whether you are a social worker or a youth in care, we hope the information on this page will help you navigate the application process to our Transitional Housing Placement Program for Non Minor Dependents (THPP-NMD).  Sanctuary Palm Springs seeks LGBTQ youth and their allies who are:

  • between the ages of 18 and 21 (or are nearing their/your 18th birthday), 

  • have been approved for extended foster care as outlined in CA AB12,

  • are highly motivated to learn the skills necessary for you or your client to live safely and independently once you/they leave our program, and

  • are willing to work, volunteer, and/or go to school for a minimum of 20 hours per week.

If you or your client meet these criteria we welcome your application to our program. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to receiving and reviewing your application! 

-Tammy Nelson, Program Director

Please send, or have your social worker send additional information to determine eligibility for placement to Tammy Nelson ( 

Please include any of the following:

  • Health Passport

  • Education Records

  • Transitional Independent Living Plan

  • Incident reports

  • Mental Health Records

  • Court Records or probation reports


When the application and additional information are returned, reviewed and determined a good fit for our program we will arrange for a site visit, tour of our home and a more in-depth interview. 


Once all the information is gathered we will work collaboratively with you as a team to determine if Sanctuary would be a good fit for you or your client. The team involved in making these decisions includes the youth, their/your social worker, and Sanctuary's Program Director, Executive Director, and/or Case Manager. Placements are subject to availability. 

If you have any questions once you have submitted the application and supporting documents, please contact Tammy Nelson, Program Director, at 760.766.3500 ext. 3. 

Thanks again for your interest in Sanctuary Palm Springs! We look forward to being in touch with you soon.

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The form below is provided for informational use only and must be filled out with the Program Director

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Below you will find all the information to get the process started to enter our THPP- NMD program.

Our referral process includes 3 steps: 

  1. Application review for eligibility,

  2. Phone interview,

  3. Extensive face-to face interview process and site visit. 

Download our Application and

Release of Information to get started.


Release of Information Form

Please email completed application to

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