Youth Exiting Foster Care Into Homelessness: Not Just Parents Abandoning Our Young People.

Pilot housing project that creates homes for youth leaving foster care.

http://www.12newsnow.com/mb/news/local/volunteers-help-renovate-home-for-youth-aged-out-of-foster-care/430027521  

A similiar project happening in LA. 

100 homes for over 150 homeless youth have benefited from the project in just 18 months.

That's a fully furnished apartment every week.

1,000 non-paid employees. 150,000 work hours.

Over 5,000 household items. 5,000 sq ft warehouse space.

A new frozen health food company commits 7 days of meals for each youth.

A $33,000 investment enabled the project to hire its 1st full-time staff member for non-paid employee development for mentors.

And to expand its job creation program to assist more youth.

People in the community have even purchased refrigerators for the youth homes.

35,000 to 40,000 youth are ejected from foster care.

For those that are resourceful and secure an apartment, most sleep, eat and study on bare floors.

Fully furnishing their first apartment empowers them. From bars of soap to art on the wall. So they can feel inspired.

Because former foster youth who exit state custody do so with dire statistics predicting they’ll be among the least likely to succeed in society.

Do I have specifics? Yes, I have specifics.

More than 1 in 5 will become homeless after age 18. And over 50% of foster youth who “age out” experience periods of homelessness.

58% will graduate high school by 19 (compared to 87% of all 19 year olds).

At the age of 24, only half are employed.

Fewer than 3% will earn a college degree by age 25 (compared to 28% of all).

1 in 4 will be in the justice system within 2 years of leaving foster care.

Over 80% of all prison inmates spent time in foster care.

77% of girls sold into sex trafficking spent time in foster care.

71% of young women are pregnant by 21, facing higher rates of unemployment, criminal conviction and public assistance.

25% of foster care alumni suffer from PTSD at a staggering rate that is higher than that of U.S. war veterans.

At a cost to society of $8 billion.

Projects like these matter. Communities coming together for homeless youth matter. Housing first matters. Tables and chairs next.

When coordination, collaboration, commitment and cooperation are the fundamental building blocks of our efforts, our communities can create life-changing projects for our homeless youth.

Way to go San Antonio.