Home Works USA
A new approach for young people aging out of foster care
Tens of thousands of young people “age out” of foster care every year—often with few options for where to live next. If they are unable to find housing, this can set their lives on a difficult path leading to unemployment, involvement with the criminal justice system, and even homelessness.
Affordable housing combined with essential supports can be a launching pad to financial independence for these young adults. With improved earning capacity through education, job training, work experience or entrepreneurial ventures, they are better able to transition to adulthood.
Home Works USA is piloting a new housing model for emerging adults leaving foster care. This intentional community will provide stable, affordable housing along with health and mental health services, and supports for education, job training, and employment to allow them to imagine and realize their dreams.
The pilot project - sited on a 25-acre private parcel in Lawrence, Kansas - will integrate solar power, onsite food gardens, and a public walking trail to create an environmentally conscious community.
The housing units are clustered in small groups that share common spaces and facilities to provide essential supports and services, and sustain community connectedness and interpersonal relationships.