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.

John Burton Foundation Provides Emergency Resources for Bay Area Foster Youth Scholars

- Through a generous grant from Sleep Train, the John Burton Foundation has launched a new initiative to provide foster youth attending college in one of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties with access to funding to pay for emergency medical and/or other immediate needs that impact a student’s ability to be successful in college. Knowing that any type of unexpected or unplanned expense can result in missed classes and inattention to coursework, the...Read more »

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Lincoln Child Center Launches 24/7 Kinship Helpline

- Lincoln Child Center has launched a Kinship Helpline open to the public for information and referral, as well as an open door policy for those who would like to meet in person. (510) 421-6861 Lincoln Child Center now provides a qualified staff 24/7 to help anyone in the community obtain immediate resources that they may need. Call Lincoln’s helpline if you or someone you know needs information and referrals for any of the following:...Read more »

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Housing Guides for Youth

- The John Burton Foundation has developed two youth-oriented housing guides: Weighing Your Housing Options, a guide for current and former foster youth ages 18-24, which includes THP-Plus, and Housing in Extended Foster Care, a guide for current non-minor dependents, which only includes foster care placements.Read more »

Statewide List of THP-Plus Providers

- For a complete roster of THP-Plus Providers in California, click HERE. THP-Plus is a transitional housing placement program for emancipated foster youth, aged 18-24, who emancipated from the child welfare system.Read more »

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Next Steps Collaborative

- The following FYA agencies are members of the Next Steps Collaborative: Abode Services, Bay Area Youth Center, Beyond Emancipation, First Place for Youth, and Fred Finch Youth Center – Rising Oaks. Youth interested in THP+FC or THP+ housing with these agencies must complete this referral form and submit it to one of the participating agencies. Referral forms can be submitted to: Abode Services – Project Independence 1147 A Street Hayward, CA 94542 Ph: (510)...Read more »

Alameda County Homeless Count

- An article in the Oakland Tribune (Oakley, 11/13/13) examines data from the 2013 Homeless Count conducted earlier this year by EveryOne Home, noting that the census counted 753 homeless children under age 17 in Alameda County.Read more »

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Fred Finch Youth Center Seeks Personal Service Coordinator

- FYA member Fred Finch Youth Center is seeking applicants for a Personal Service Coordinator to be part of a multidisciplinary team that provides community based mental health services to 17 – 25 year olds that are struggling with significant mental illness as well as homelessness.  For complete details, including a link to apply, click HERE.Read more »

Youth Engagement, Advocacy, Housing (YEAH!) Seeks Executive Director

- YEAH! is a non-profit located in Berkeley California which provides wrap-around support and winter shelter for transition-age youth ages 18–25 who are homeless in Berkeley. YEAH! has an opening for a full-time Executive Director. YEAH! believes that young adulthood is a unique developmental stage in a person’s life, and practices a trauma-informed, harm-reduction model to which the organization holds a deep commitment. YEAH!’s new Executive Director will ideally have the creativity and drive of...Read more »

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Fred Finch Youth Center Seeks Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

- FYA member Fred Finch Youth Center is seeking an energetic, self-motivated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner to assume clinical responsibility for young adults while participating in dynamic multidisciplinary team. Sense of humor a must. For over a century, Fred Finch Youth Center has brought hope and healing to vulnerable youth and their families. FFYC clients are children, teens, and young adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities or emotional disorders that may be transitioning from foster...Read more »

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 »

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