Transitional Housing Plus Program
September 26, 2016
Preparing youth for the real world!
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Edgewood’s Kinship Support Network and Transitional Housing Plus (THP+) programs strive to support San Francisco’s most vulnerable youth so they may successfully transition out of foster care. A report from the Urban Institute showed that one in five foster care youth will become homeless after age 18, and one in four will be involved in the justice system. The youth served by our programs are among the most at risk in our society, and often lack the social supports and independent living skills necessary to successfully transition into adulthood. Our goal is to help foster care and kinship care youth develop independent living, educational, and job skills.
Longtime supporter, State Street Foundation, recently renewed its commitment to helping Edgewood youth with a $22,000 grant award to our Employment Services for Transition Age Youth – young adults ages 18-25 with histories of foster care placement and/or incarceration.
Our Employment Services prepare youth for education and employment opportunities, and for living independently beyond foster care. Edgewood provides intensive case management, job readiness training, monthly skills-building workshops, access to internships and work experiences, referrals to GED and vocational skills training programs, and job placement/retention services to approximately 40 emerging adults each year. In addition, the program helps ten youth secure sustainable housing.
It often takes extra guidance, encouragement, and support for youth with past trauma or incarceration to recognize the opportunities that are available to them. Edgewood teaches under served youth the skills necessary to sustain employment, education, and stable housing so they can thrive after program graduation.
Edgewood is one of the first agencies to provide such services in San Francisco and the only agency to use the Host Family Model, which gives young adults the opportunity to live in a safe and encouraging family setting with kinship caregivers, adult mentors, and current or former foster families. For youth exiting group homes or coping with homelessness, host families provide the possibility of strong, life-long relationships.
With guidance from staff, participants enroll in school and/or obtain employment within their first six months, and assessments are done biannually to measure goal achievement.
Youth graduate from the program within two years, though staff continue to support participants enrolled in postsecondary education or employed for up to a year to provide advice in maintaining employment and/or academic enrollment.
To date, the program has had 20 graduates and a 100% high school graduation rate. Also, 10% have gone on to college compared to the national average of 2% for the same population.
Learn more about Edgewood's Kinship Support Network and THP-Plus program at edgewood.org/kinship>>