California Connected by 25: Efforts to Address the Housing Needs of Transitioning Foster Youth

California Connected by 25: Efforts to Address the Housing Needs of Transitioning Foster Youth
February 6, 2009 Stuart Foundation

The California Connected by 25 Initiative (CC25I) is a collaborative effort of five foundations to improve the life prospects of youth transitioning out of foster care in California.  Counties participating in CC25I aim to improve policies, programs and outcomes for transition-age foster youth in seven focus areas: K-12 Education; Employment/Job Training/Post-Secondary Education; Financial Competency and Asset Development; Housing; Independent Living Skills Programs; Personal/Social Asset Development; and Permanency. This report documents the Initiative’s progress made by each of the early implementing counties in the area of Housing.  These efforts to increase the likelihood that former foster youth will secure safe, appropriate, long-term housing during early adulthood interact with several other CC25I focus areas.  Efforts to expand the housing options for transitioning youth are building increasingly on the lifelong connections between youth and caring adults established through the permanency work that begins while youth are still in care.  Furthermore, former foster youth who are safely and stably housed are far more likely to continue their education, maintain gainful employment and participate more fully in their communities as adults.