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This presentation will focus on a study of housing options for young people aging out of foster care, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A joint effort of Mathematica Policy Research and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, the study represents a first step toward understanding what housing strategies work best for former foster youth. It includes a review of the literature and inventory of housing strategies for foster youth transitioning to adulthood, a survey of how local child welfare and public housing agencies are using a special form of housing vouchers for these youth, and in-depth case studies of communities providing supportive housing for foster youth.
The presentation will begin with a summary of what we know about this population, the challenges they face during the transition to adulthood, and an overview of federal policies and programs aimed at helping these young people address their housing needs. It will introduce a typology that emerged from profiling more than 60 state and local housing programs. Several innovative approaches will be highlighted to illustrate the typology.
Results will be presented from a survey of how communities are using the Family Unification Program (FUP) to provide former foster youth with housing vouchers and supportive services for 18 months. Data were collected from a web-based survey of Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) that operate a FUP and, in the case of PHAs that were using FUP for youth, their partner Public Child Welfare Agencies (PCWAs). Particular attention will be given to the collaboration between PHAs and PCWAs in administering FUP. We will provide context for understanding the survey results from site visits to four communities providing FUP to youth.
Based on the findings, the presentation will include a discussion of policy and research recommendations for learning what housing options work best for foster youth transitioning to adulthood.
- Final Lit Review 3-21-12.pdf (746.9KB)