Housing for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: A Review of the Literature and Program Typology

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Policy Development & Research, April 2012

61 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2012

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Amy Dworsky

Independent

Keri-Nicole Dillman

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Robin Dion

Independent

Brandon Coffee-Borden

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Miriam Rosenau

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: April 2012

Abstract

Most young people in the United States are experiencing an increasingly prolonged transition to adulthood. It is no longer assumed that they will automatically become self-sufficient adults on their 18th or even 21st birthdays (Arnett 2000; Wight, Xhau, Aratani, Schwarz, and Thampi 2010; Setterstein and Ray 2010). Rather, young people are gradually taking on the roles and responsibilities traditionally associated with adulthood while they acquire the education and work experience needed to become economically independent (Berlin, Furstenberg, and Waters 2010).

In this document, we summarize what is known about the housing needs and outcomes common to young people who age out of foster care. We explore the current landscape of programs and resources available to assist such young adults with housing. In the first section, we review the literature on the characteristics of the young people, their risk of homelessness, and the barriers they face in securing stable housing, along with relevant federal and, to a lesser extent, state policies. In the second section, we describe a wide range of housing programs for young people aging out of foster care, present a program typology, and conclude with the identification of a small group of innovative housing programs that may warrant closer exploration.

Keywords: HUD, 2012, Housing

Suggested Citation

Dworsky, Amy and Dillman, Keri-Nicole and Dion, Robin and Coffee-Borden, Brandon and Rosenau, Miriam, Housing for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care: A Review of the Literature and Program Typology (April 2012). U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Policy Development & Research, April 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2112278 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2112278

Amy Dworsky (Contact Author)

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Keri-Nicole Dillman

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Robin Dion

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Brandon Coffee-Borden

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Miriam Rosenau

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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