Within 18 months of emancipation 40-50% of foster youth become homeless.
Nationally, 50% of the homeless population spent time in foster care. 65% of youth leaving foster care need immediate housing upon discharge.
TAY needs responsive solutions that provide permanent housing opportunities. TAY understand that a stable place to live has greater value than housing provider programs that offer a temporary reprieve from homelessness. Through building sustainable affordable housing solutions with private landlords and multi-unit apartment owners that are well below market rate, TAY will be given the opportunity to pursue a permanent, independent living solution to homelessness.
TAY identified that they need to have a space of their own. Growing up in foster care limits the opportunity to have your own bedroom. Due to the limited number of foster homes, youth in foster care often have roommates. This trend continues in the available housing programs for TAY. In existing programs TAY are partnered with roommates not of their choosing. This creates a dynamic in which the level of trust and comfort in their own living spaces are greatly diminished.
TAY have identified that they would prefer small spaces that are manageable and easily accessible. As TAY do not have extensive personal items, they desire spaces that don’t require additional furnishing or home goods to be inhabitable. As a result, most housing program units for TAY are pre-furnished.
With limited affordable housing options, TAY have found that they need to move far out of the Los Angeles city areas to live. This drastically reduces access to existing community supports such as personal relationships, educational access and employment.
1) Landlords, private or corporate, please reach out by email directly for more information about partnering with Home4LA Youth.
2) Any persons offering new or slightly used apartment furnishings, can also directly email Arjun.
3) Also, we are taking applications from Transitional Age Youth seeking permanent housing. Get in touch with our partners at Peace4Kids.
Home4LAYouth’s mission is to prevent youth homelessness by providing first ever homes for youths who “age out” of foster care and students facing a housing crisis.