October 2003Vol. 4, No. 8New Resource for Preventing Youth Homelessness
Youth exiting foster care are at increased risk for future homelessness, often due to a lack of independent living or supportive services to help them maintain stable housing. The National Alliance to End Homelessness recently launched a new Web resource to inform and support those working to prevent youth homelessness, with a focus on youth involved with child welfare and juvenile justice. The Ending Youth Homelessness site (www.endhomelessness.org/youth) features effective strategies and programs as well as links to research and other resources on the topic.
Programs featured on the site include:
- Connecticut Department of Children and Families: A continuum of supportive housing options for youth ages 14 and older in the foster care system.
- Illinois Department of Children and Families: Housing advocacy and cash assistance for youth aging out of foster care.
- Lighthouse Youth Services (Cincinnati, OH): Supportive housing for youth in the child welfare, juvenile justice, and homeless shelter systems.
Information about featured practices includes services provided, sources of funding, and program contacts for further information.
A recorded Webcast of a recent Leadership to End Homelessness audio conference on youth homelessness can be found on the PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness) website at www.pathprogram.samhsa.gov/naeh.asp.
Read more about services for youth aging out of foster care in previous issues of Children's Bureau Express:
- "Youth Aging Out of Foster Care Face Uphill Climb to Adulthood" (May 2003)
- "Independent Living Programs in Oregon and California Give Aging-Out Foster Youth Support" (February/March 2002)
- "National Foundations Fund New Initiatives for Foster Care Youth" (September/October 2001)