Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: Housing Needs and Opportunities.
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This book documents a series of research activities designed to address knowledge gaps related to the housing options available to youth who have aged out of foster care. The research included a literature review, a web-based environmental scan, a survey of agencies that operate the Family Unification Program (FUP), visits to select communities that serve youth with FUP, the convening of a forum that brought together policymakers, practitioners, and researchers., and the development of an issue brief that discusses the need for evaluating housing programs for youth aging out of foster care. Following chapters describe the extent to which communities are using the FUP to support youth; r the characteristics of the young people, their risk of homelessness, and the barriers they face in securing stable housing; relevant federal and State policies; and the wide range of housing programs for young people aging out of foster care. A program typology is also presented. The book concludes with the identification of a small group of innovative housing programs that may warrant closer exploration. Numerous references. (Author abstract modified)
foster adolescents; housing; independent living skills; independent living; aging out; promising practices; State programs; homelessness; barriers