Housing and Homelessness

While the THP-Plus transitional housing program has provided critical support to many youth, there is still much work to be done to ensure that no foster or probation youth leaves the system only to find themselves homeless. Here, you’ll learn about all that FYA is doing to fight homelessness among former foster and probation youth, as well as other news and updates about housing.

Predictors of Homelessness during the Transition from Foster Care to Adulthood

- From Chapin Hall:   Youth who age out of foster care face a number of challenges during the transition to adulthood. Among the greatest may be achieving housing stability. A number of studies published over the past two decades have found high rates of homelessness among former foster youth who aged out of care. Although this suggests that youth who age out of foster care are at high risk of becoming homeless, not much is...Read more »

Job Opening at BAYC: On-Site Residential Advisor

- FYA member BAYC of Sunny Hills Services is currently seeking an On-Site Residential Advisor.  The On Site Residential Advisor (RA) provides support, mentorship, leadership and serves as an advisor to transition age foster youth participating in BAYC’s Transitional Housing Placement Program (THPP) and Transitional Housing Program Plus Foster Care (THP+ FC). The THPP and THP+FC provide structured, supportive independent living for qualified youth some of whom have a child or are pregnant, and/or are...Read more »

My New Red Shoes Seeks Executive Director

- My New Red Shoes is a young, vibrant, and rapidly growing nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless and low-income children look and feel confident as they start the school year by providing them with new clothing and shoes and by rallying youth and adults around this effort through volunteers and educational opportunities. The success of their model and vision has received national coverage, including on Good Morning America. For the incoming Executive Director, the...Read more »

Prioritizing Youth for Housing

- Data Points: Prioritizing Youth for Housing (Batko, 8/6/13), on The National Alliance to End Homelessness website, looks at a new tool for identifying the most vulnerable homeless youth in greatest need of housing.  The tool, developed by Eric Rice of the University of Southern California, is being piloted in several communities.  Rice’s presentation at the NCEH conference this summer, is HERE.Read more »

Rising Oaks In the News

- FYA member Fred Finch Youth Center‘s beautiful new campus, Rising Oaks, was featured this week in the Oakland Tribune (Mejia, 8/18/13.)  Open since early this summer, Rising Oaks provides housing to transition age youth, including current and former foster youth ages 18-24. The 30 slots were filled quickly.  Resident Andrew Sterling describes the importance of having a place of his own:  ”It’s calming because you don’t have to worry if somebody is going to open...Read more »

BAYC Seeks Peer Advisor

- FYA member BAYC of Sunny Hill Services is currently seeking applicants for a Peer Advisor position.  Deadline to apply is Friday, August 23, 2013. This is a part time position in Hayward, CA. The Peer Advisor provides support to transition age foster youth participating in BAYC’s RAFA Program (THPP/THP+FC). RAFA provides structured, supportive independent living for qualified youth aged 16-21. The goal of the program is to provide a safe environment so that participants may...Read more »

Call for Stories from California Coalition for Youth (Deadline Extended to August 20th)

- California Coalition for Youth is currently seeking stories for their installation in the State Capitol during Runaway & Homeless Youth Month in November.  CCY is looking to feature 6 stories that represent a diversity of individuals and experiences to help educate the public and policymakers about issues runaway and homeless youth face. From CCY’s Call for Stories:  ”It is likely that 200,000 youth ages 12 to 17, along with thousands of 18 to 24...Read more »

Affordable Housing

- Resources for Community Development (RCD) is pleased to announce the following affordable housing opportunity: the Ambassador offers 69 affordable studio, one, two, and three bedroom apartments in Emeryville. The Ambassador is currently under construction and expected to open in October 2013. To apply, please download the pre-application package, and follow the pre-application instructions.* Pre-applications must be received by mail by June 21, 2013, to be included in a random lottery. Ambassador Pre-App Packet English Ambassador...Read more »

City of Berkeley RFP for TAY Services

- The City of Berkeley has released an RFP for MHSA funded Transition Age Youth services. Due June 6, 2013, the city seeks proposals to "provide services and supports to TAY with serious mental health issues, who are homeless or marginally housed. The project will be focused on providing youth with the necessary resources and supports that will enable them to manage the symptoms of their illness, and to take greater control of their lives....Read more »

Report Released: Youth Homelessness in the Era of AB 12

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- When AB 12, California’s Fostering Connections to Success Act, became law in January 2012, it opened a door to the possibility of safety and stability for older homeless youth and youth at risk of homelessness by providing for the expansion of federally funded, mandated supports and services to foster youth ages 18-21. We launched the Alameda County AB 12 Homeless Youth Demonstration Project to coincide with the implementation of this extraordinary new law.

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