Across the country, everyone is talking about a "housing crisis." For youth who age out of foster care, just finding a place to sleep each night is always a struggle. We know that nationally, 54% of recently aged-out youth are homeless or unstably housed. In addition, these youth face higher rates of unemployment, undereducation, teen pregnancy, and incarceration. In the last few years, lawmakers, advocates, and child welfare practitioners have finally started paying attention to adolescents discharged from foster care. This article focuses on laws and programs that target housing issues facing youth aging out of foster care. It also provides tips for child advocates to best navigate and represent clients in the current atmosphere.
Dale Margolin Cecka, Seeking Shelter in Tough Times: Securing Housing for Youth who Age Out of Foster Care, 27 A.B.A. Child Law Prac, 2008, at 65.