Stable Homes, Brighter Futures
Stable Homes, Brighter Futures – An initiative to support and learn more about transition age youth (TAY) in supportive housing. Transition Age Youth who are homeless and may be suffering from psychological and emotional trauma face complex barriers to housing stability. Supportive housing provides the stability to allow TAY to heal from past trauma and focus on building skills and longer-term goals.
Since 2005, CSH has invested $950,000 in capacity-building grants, $546,000 in project initiation loans, $14.6 million in acquisition and predevelopment lending, and targeted training and technical assistance (TA) to support the development and creation of supportive housing for formerly homeless, vulnerable TAY in Los Angeles County. CSH has worked closely with developers and service providers to create a total of 299 new units of permanent supportive housing for TAY in L.A. County. An estimated 169 units were scheduled to become operational between November 2011 through December 2012, providing an opportunity for CSH to learn more about the permanent supportive housing model for vulnerable transition age youth.
With the generous support of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the W.M. Keck Foundation, CSH launched the Stable Homes, Brighter Futures initiative to support ending homelessness for TAY in need of longer-term housing and a high level of wrap-around support services.
Collectively, our efforts have:
- Increased capacity of youth and supportive housing providers to create and successfully operate supportive housing for TAY.
- Increased knowledge of characteristics and outcomes for TAY in supportive housing.
- Supported systems change to better create, coordinate, and target housing interventions for TAY.
- Improved and increased supportive housing funding for TAY population.
CSH will continue to increase the capacity of TAY housing and service providers through project-specific TA, learning community convenings, trainings, and workshops in topics such as motivational interviewing, trauma-informed care, recognizing mental illness, and youth/adolescent development. We will also draw on lessons learned and initial findings to continue to engage and educate local policymakers.
To learn more about the TAY Learning Community, visit the Los Angeles CSH Learning Communities web page.