Escalating housing costs can dwarf the earning power of many emerging adults. Traditional solutions such as multiple roommates and financial support from family are not always available, especially for young people who have been involved with the foster care system.
More than 500,000 children are in foster care in the U.S. annually. Tens of thousands of young people “age out” of foster care every year—often with few options of where to live next. With limited alternatives, many become homeless or involved with the criminal justice system.
Affordable rental housing can be a launching pad to financial independence for emerging adults. As they improve their earning capacity through education, training, work experience, or entrepreneurial ventures, they can transition to adulthood at a pace and in ways that work for them. When affordable housing is combined with essential community supports, young adults are more likely to thrive.
Home Works USA will provide affordable rental housing along with community supports for emerging adults leaving foster care. Our aim is to pilot and refine this model locally, then bring it to scale nationally