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.

Increasing Opportunities for Homeless Youth Through Education

- Larkin Street Youth Services has released a new brief, Increasing Opportunities for Homeless Youth Through Education (October 2013) that examines the multiple barriers to education faced by most homeless youth. The brief points out ways to increase their levels of educational attainment, thus expanding the opportunities available to them and supporting their long-term self-sufficiency.Read more »

B:E Opens New THP Plus Foster Care Housing Program

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- FYA member Beyond Emancipation‘s new THP Plus Foster Care housing program provides housing and services for non-minor dependents ages 18-21.  To sign up for the program, or to get information about eligibility, call the B:E worker of the day at 510.667.7694. Please share this FLYER with youth. Host Housing: Host Housing serves youth with an adult who can provide them a room in their home as well as a supportive, mentor like relationship. Host can...Read more »

New Report on Experiences and Needs of LGBT Homeless Youth

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- A new report from the Center for American Progress, Seeking Shelter: The Experiences and Unmet Needs of LGBT Homeless Youth, (Cray, Miller, and Durso, September 2013) looks at the experiences and needs of LGBT homeless youth, who are disproportionately represented among home- less youth across the U.S.Read more »

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 »

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