Resources provide strategies to help transitioning youth locate and maintain safe and affordable housing, including State and local examples.
Connected by 25: Financing Housing Supports for Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care
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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.
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.
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.
Housing for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care (PDF - 43 KB)
U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development
Explores the housing needs of youth who age out of the foster care system. This resource includes a literature review, issue brief, and report on the housing challenges facing this population.
The Transition to Adulthood: How States Can Support Older Youth in Foster Care (PDF - 2,539 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.
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.
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.