About 1,500 foster youth age out of the Los Angeles County child welfare system each year. Most have nowhere to turn for jobs, housing, higher education, or support. The Emancipated Foster Youth Transitional Housing program promotes the individual achievement of former foster youth by providing housing and support services.
The LACDA helps to build better lives and better neighborhoods. To help promote individual achievement for emancipated foster youth, the LACDA has joined with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Los Angeles Department of Probation, Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and community non-profit organizations, to provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, and support services to emancipated foster youth.
What Is Transitional Housing For Former Foster Youth?
The goals of the transitional housing programs for former foster youth are to develop affordable apartments, transitional housing, and emergency shelters in Los Angeles County in conjunction with support services to help youth become independent adults. In addition to housing, the programs offer job training, computer training, educational assistance, and other social services. Youth are allowed to stay in transitional housing up to two years. The housing units are located in LACDA developed properties as well as privately-owned houses and apartments.
Independent Living Program
The LACDA has partnered with LAHSA to work with community non-profit agencies to administer the housing portion of the Foster Care Independence Act (Independent Living Program). Through this program, over 166 new beds have been created. Additionally, through this program, youth are given assistance in locating and maintaining permanent housing.
LACDA Transitional Housing Developments
The LACDA has also developed affordable housing units for former foster youth throughout Los Angeles County. Apartments for the former foster youth are located in Westchester, East Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, Westwood, North Hills, San Gabriel Valley, and the unincorporated South Whittier communities.
Are you a youth interested in applying for transitional housing?
Detailed eligibility and information for former foster youth can be found at www.ilponline.org.
For admissions information, contact Lynn Durham at DCFS, (213) 351-0190.
Are you an organization interested in developing transitional housing for former foster youth?
The LACDA does not currently have any funding opportunities for transitional housing for former foster youth. You may sign up to be a LACDA Vendor to be notified of future funding opportunities. Please click here to register as a LACDA Vendor.
We also suggest that you sign up with LAHSA to be notified of future funding opportunities at http://www.lahsa.org.