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<ul><li><p>Funding Innovations for Housing Youth </p><p>Roxana Torrico, MSWChild Welfare League of America</p><p>National Alliance to End Homelessness 2006 ConferenceEnding Homelessness: Plan, Act, SucceedA house is a home, when it shelters the body and comforts the soul.-Phillip Moffitt (1986)</p></li><li><p>Former Foster Youth are Becoming HomelessAs many as three in ten homeless adults were formerly children in foster care;Between 1036% of former foster care youth are experiencing homelessness. Homeless parents who spent time in foster care as children are 2xs as likely to have their own children placed in foster care. </p></li><li><p>What are young people aging out of foster care facing??Limited life skills upon discharge from Child Welfare systemChild welfare agencies with limited housing expertise and resources necessary to assist youthLimited support networksHarsh economic realitiesExpensive housing costs!!!!</p></li><li><p>Most Expensive Places for Youth to LiveHourly wage necessary to afford a one-bedroom apartment:District of Columbia $20.77Hawaii $18.57California $18.11Massachusetts $18.32Hours that a youth would have to work at minimum wage to afford a one bedroom:District of Columbia 126Hawaii 119California 107Massachusetts 109Out of Reach 2005, NLIHC</p></li><li><p>What is the Solution to Prevent Youth Homelessness??Solid Collaboration with Public HousingAuthorities, Child Welfare Agencies, community based agencies, housing officials, business leaders, developers,advocates and YOUTH!</p></li><li><p>What Can Be Done at State Level to Address Housing Issues?Housing Must Be a Significant Component of Youth States Independent Living CurriculaEnsure that Your Child Welfare System Builds a Continuum of Housing ResourcesProvide Youth with Opportunities to Practice Living on their OwnBuild Statewide Partnerships to Create a Range of Affordable Housing OpportunitiesTap into New and Unusual Streams of Funding</p></li><li><p>All transitioning and former foster youth have the right to safe, stable and affordable housing!!!Utilize Chafee Funds Give Youth Opportunities To Practice Living on Their OwnCreate an Solid, Effective Discharge Plan start the housing discussion early!!!Build partnerships with housing authoritiesForm collaborations in your community create cross system dialogue in your community!</p></li><li><p>What is Chafee?Congress created the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program, with increased supports and services for youth aging out of foster care including HOUSING! </p></li><li><p>Chafee = Housing</p><p>States have the option of providing room & board services to youth (aged 18-21) exiting care.</p></li><li><p>Highlights from a 2004 CWLA Survey of IL CoordinatorsAccording to an survey 38 IL Coordinators:42% (16) of states are currently using FUP or priority section 8 vouchers60% (23) of states reported partnerships and collaborations with their public housing authorities. These partnerships included prioritizing section 8 waiting lists, public housing slots and supportive housing programs.</p></li><li><p>What is the Family Unification Program (FUP)?</p><p>A housing program for youth and families in the child welfare system. It is a collaboration between housing authorities and child welfare agencies. </p><p>As of 2000, FUP was extended to provide time limited section 8 vouchers to youth ages 18-21 who have aged out of the foster care system at age 16 or older. </p><p>Child welfare agencies will provide 18 months of aftercare services for youth when they enter housing. </p></li><li><p>Conceptual Framework of the Family Unification Program (FUP)</p><p>Conceptual Framework of the Family Unification Program (FUP)</p><p>Created on 06/17/03 1:31 PM</p><p>Created on 06/17/03 1:31 PM</p><p>Program </p><p> Resources</p><p> Organizations Implementation Intervention Outcomes</p><p>The Problem:</p><p>Youth Aging Out into Homelessness</p><p>Youth Receive Section 8 Housing</p><p>Local Housing Authority (HA)</p><p>In October 2000, Congress passed Legislation making youth aging out of foster care eligible for housing assistance under FUP </p><p>Youth Outcomes:</p><p>Access to Services</p><p>Residential Stability</p><p>Coordinate CWA and HA Activities:</p><p>Define Eligibility Criteria and Referral Process</p><p>Enroll and Serve Youth </p><p>Utilize Community Services</p><p>Report Data</p><p>Funding for Section 8</p><p>Certificate</p><p>Youth Receive After Care Services</p><p>Child Welfare Services</p><p>Local Child Welfare Agency</p><p>(CWA) </p><p>Local Services Provided</p><p>Other Local Resources</p><p>Local Service System</p><p>CWLA June 2003 </p></li><li><p>What are the Benefits of FUP? For Public Housing Authorities (PHAs):Increased ability to serve clienteleFor Child Welfare Agencies (CWAs):Expanded access to housing solutions for young people aging out of foster careFor Youth:Safe, stable and affordable housing prior to exiting the foster care systemFor the community: Cost-effective and beneficial to society</p></li><li><p>Establishing a FUP in your communityBegin to ASK questions regarding the housing needs for young people in your community; consult with your local CWAMap out current housing resourcesDocument the need for FUP in your communityApproach your partner (PHA, CWA) to exchange ideas, observations, potential partners, sources of funding and plans.</p></li><li><p>Establishing a FUP in your community cont..If there are no FUP vouchers available in your communityDedicate a reasonable # of Section 8 vouchers to this program set a local preference for youth aging out </p></li><li><p>Build the Partnership!!Gain an understanding of the mission and limitations of your partner agencyLay out and agree upon the responsibilities of each partner agencySpecify the type and duration of services to the young people upon lease-upWrite a detailed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Included in your packet!</p></li><li><p>Elements of an Effective PartnershipLiaisons are appointedReliable Communication learn each others languageHold Regular MeetingsCross-TrainingStaff SupportAdditional Partners are invitedAdditional Funding is sought Feedback is solicited from program participants</p></li><li><p>Building a Partnership in Your CommunityUnderstand mission & limitations of the partner agenciesCreate youth housing continuumWrite a detailed Memorandum of Understanding</p></li><li><p>Some States Using the FUP Model to Support Youth Aging Out ColoradoCaliforniaNew York CityIndiana</p></li><li><p>Benefits of Partnerships & Collaborations</p><p> Cross System Dialogue More Effective Communication Improved Services for Young PeopleDecreased Homelessness for Emancipated Youth</p></li><li><p>Advocating for youth exiting the child welfare system is an integral part of preventing homelessness!Using Your Voice to Change Minds...Change lives!</p></li></ul>
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