Develop a Model Intervention for Youth/Young Adults With Child Welfare Involvement at Risk of Homelessness City and State: Seattle, Washington: Reporting Period: September 30, 2013 to September 29, 2015.
United Way of King County (King County, Wash.)
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This final report describes the activities and outcomes of Phase 1 of a federally funded project designed to prevent foster youth from exiting care into homelessness in King and Yakima Counties in Washington State. Phase 1 was carried out over two years and included the following activities: more clearly defined the target population at each point of engagement; determined how to identify those youth/young adults most at-risk of homelessness; determined how to refer and select eligible youth/young adults for service intervention; finalized the referral/selection process for implementation in Phase II; assessed system readiness and appropriateness of current service delivery system in King County and in Yakima; developed a service intervention plan for youth/young adults most at-risk that addressed services in outcome areas of stable housing, education/employment, permanent connections, and emotional/social well-being; developed effective statewide, King County, and Yakima partnerships to deliver interventions; and prepared for evaluation of implementation in Phase 2. Based on Phase 1 work, in Spring 2016 intensive independent living services in King County will be provided to an estimated 80 youth per year ages 18-21 with a history of foster care who are identified as likely to become homeless using the predictive model. The intervention, called YV LifeSet, will be delivered by the YMCA in partnership with Youth Villages. The YV LifeSet model includes intensified supports and increased opportunities for youth engagement, social support and skill building. Desired and actual outcomes of the planning grant are described.
Washington; homeless adolescents; foster adolescents; foster care alumni; prevention programs; homelessness; risk factors; independent living skills; child welfare reform