Housing for Youth Transitioning From Foster Care
Resources and information about housing for youth who are transitioning out of the foster care system, including State and local examples.
National Center for Housing and Child Welfare
Discusses how NCHCW bridges the gap between affordable housing and child welfare to improve the lives of America's most economically disadvantaged youth and families. NCHCW also works to ensure that each young person who faces adulthood without the support of a permanent family has a plan for stable housing and services to support their transition to adulthood.
Disparities and Disproportionality in Child Welfare: Analysis of the Research (PDF - 4,014 KB)
Center for the Study of Social Policy & Annie E. Casey Foundation (2011)
Builds upon a previous review by Robert Hill’s Research Synthesis in Child Welfare: An Update, develops an updated explanation of the complexities and multi-faceted role that race and ethnicity play in the child welfare system, and identifies gaps in the research.
Connected by 25: Financing Housing Supports for Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care (PDF - 662 KB)
Finance Project, Youth Transition Funders Group, & Foster Care Work Group (2009)
Aims to help policymakers, child welfare administrators, program developers, and community leaders address the housing needs of youth aging out of foster care. The booklet presents five financing strategies, key funding sources, and considerations for implementation, and describes programs that have implemented these financing strategies successfully.
Funding Sources to Address the Housing Needs of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care (PDF - 97 KB)
National Center for Housing and Child Welfare (2009)
Provides program managers with a compilation of funding sources that address housing needs for youth aging out of foster care.
Housing for Homeless Youth (PDF - 288 KB)
Outlines a spectrum of youth housing models that connect affordable housing, self-sufficiency services, and positive youth development approaches. This brief examines youth housing combined with positive youth development services and highlights four housing models and programs that demonstrate promise in housing for older adolescents and young adults.
The Transition to Adulthood: How States Can Support Older Youth in Foster Care (PDF - 2539 KB)
NGA Center for Best Practices (2010)
Highlights effective State strategies and promising approaches aimed at improving outcomes for foster youth in education, employment, housing, health care, and relationships.
Transition to Safe, Stable and Affordable Housing (PDF - 73 KB)
National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (2010)
Describes housing challenges faced by youth leaving foster care and efforts to ensure that their housing needs are addressed through Federal and State programs. The factsheet includes examples of State programs that provide housing assistance to former foster youth.
State and local examples
A Plan to End Young Adult Homelessness in King County (PDF - 343 KB)
Committee to End Homelessness in King County, Seattle-King County Coalition for the Homeless, & Building Changes (2008)
Offers a plan that identifies the distinct needs of homeless young adults, strategies for improving the existing system of housing and services, and priorities for funding in King County, WA.
Promising Partnerships Between Public Child Welfare Agencies and Homeless Youth Service Providers (PDF - 664 KB)
John Burton Foundation & Homeless Youth Capacity Building Project (2010)
Highlights partnerships and providers that are assisting youth as they age out of foster care in California. The paper presents findings and resources from a national study on cross-system collaboration and findings from a policy brief on partnerships between public child welfare agencies and homeless youth-serving organizations. It includes case studies of partnerships in selected California counties.
THP-Plus Statewide Implementation Project: Supportive Housing for Former Foster Care Youth
John Burton Foundation, California Department of Social Services, & Corporation for Supportive Housing
Aims to reduce homelessness among former foster care and probation youth in California by expanding access to the Transitional Housing Placement Plus Program (THP-Plus) which provides affordable housing and a wide range of supportive services. The project's website includes research, training and technical assistance materials, publications, and more.
Youth Aging Out Survey, Issue: Housing (PDF-160 KB)
National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (2009)
Provides States' answers to the survey question: What housing options does your State provide specifically for youth aging out of the system? This survey captures information related to youth residing in and aging out of the public child welfare system so that States can access and utilize model programs and practices that have been implemented in other States.