Housing First things first, help your teen develop a housing plan This means helping them to answer the following questions: where do you plan on living? guardian or foster family? relative or family friend? In a transitional living program (TLP) ? Renting a room in someone’s home? Renting an apartment on your own? Renting an apartment with friends? On campus housing? Help them to develop more than one option. Ensure they have a Plan A, B, and C
Housing Once they have their options, help them to break down the steps to achieve those options. This includes: Who do they need to speak with? (family, friends, social worker, ILS worker, etc.) Where do they go to find affordable housing? What location do I want? Is it near public transportation? School? How to fill out a rental application, what a lease looks like Do they need a referral to TLP’s? How? If possible, try to have at least one option be to apply to a TLP!
Transitional Living Programs Subsidized housing for former foster youth Teach youth the responsibility of living on their own Typically serve youth ages and allow youth to be in the program anywhere from months. There are usually rules and requirements the youth must follow It is a program and it is designed that way. Most youth are required to either work or attend school Youth who apply should attend an orientation and learn all that is expected of them.
Transitional Living Programs Transitional Housing Program Plus (THP+) Emancipated foster/probation youth ages 18-24, must have “aged out” of the system 24 cumulative months of service CWS/Probation case must close prior to moving in Subsidized/affordable housing Individual/Group therapy available Supportive Transitional Emancipation Program (STEP-TILP) Mentoring Case Management
Transitional Living Programs Referrals to community resources and pregnancy/parenting resources “Permanent Connections” support services with family and/or community Food necessities allowance, furniture Emancipation savings account Referral process, made by ILS worker, HHSA social worker, county probation officer
Transitional Living Programs Turning Point, YMCA Youth and Family Services tlp.html tlp.html Serves homeless males and females, or former foster youth until the age of 21 for 18 months Program is designed to move youth from homelessness to self-sufficiency Education and employment assistance On-site counseling and case management Semi-supervised shared apartment living, furniture provided, max rent 30% of the youth’s income SDG&E paid for by YMCA, other utilities the youth are responsible for Orientations on 1 st and 3 rd Tuesday of every month from 3-5 pm. No RSVP required, but youth are encouraged to call for more information. They may be turned away if they arrive late
Transitional Living Programs Tommie’s Place, YMCA Youth and Family Services Pregnant or parenting youth, former foster youth included, ages years old, children must be between ages 0-5 years old Can remain in program for 18 months Helps youth to achieve self-sufficiency with a focus on positive parenting Semi-supervised shared apartment living, furniture provided, max rent is 30% of youth’s income SDG&E paid by YMCA, other utilities the youth are responsible for On-site counseling and case management services Education and employment assistance Daily independent living skills education and parenting classes Orientation on 1 st and 3 rd Tuesday every month from 3-5pm
Transitional Living Program Mary’s House, YMCA Youth and Family Services house-tlp.html house-tlp.html 24 month program serving young women ages who have emancipated from the foster care system **no pregnant/parenting youth Semi-supervised living in a 6 bedroom house Rent is 30% of your income On-site case management and counseling Education and employment assistance Daily independent living skills education Referral required by social worker or ILS worker
Transitional Living Programs Take Wing, San Diego Youth Services ewing ewing Youth ages who are either homeless, parenting, or aging out of foster care 18 month program located in the Pt. Loma area Affordable apartment living, furnished Rent is 30% of gross monthly income, telephone bill and SDG&E are youth’s responsibility Case management and counseling Independent living skills training that focuses on practical and usable skills Somewhat lengthy application process which includes attending an info session, requesting an application, a referral from a county social services agency, and two interviews Orientation/Info Session on the 3 rd Wednesday of each month from 3-4pm
Transitional Living Programs Trolley Trestle, South Bay Community Services services.php services.php Former foster youth and/or homeless youth ages Until age 21, or for 18 months Affordable housing, rent is 25% of gross monthly income 10% of their income must be put in a savings account SDG&E is paid by Trolley Trestle, telephone bill and other utilities are youth’s responsibility ILS Services Job readiness training One-on-one tutoring Case management and counseling services Orientation is 2 nd Wednesday of every month from 3-5 pm, youth must call in advance
Transitional Living Programs Sylvia’s Place Former foster youth ages month program Shared apartment living, furnished Rent varies among youth Utilities are youth’s responsibility Required to either work or attend school Independent living skills education Must be referred by social worker or ILS worker
Transitional Living Programs New Directions, Casa de Amparo directions.html directions.html Emancipated foster youth ages Mission is to equip young people to develop healthy and effective lifestyles and skills Stable housing, furnishings, and basic necessities Education, employment, and career guidance Money management Independent living skills training Relationship mediation Physical and mental health support
Job Corps, Imperial Beach FREE residential vocational training program for youth between the ages of 16 and 24 Must be legal U.S. resident Living & Clothing Allowances Opportunities to obtain H.S. diploma and GED Medical, dental and vision care Books, work clothing and tools Child Care (for non-resident students only) Tours every non-holiday Wednesday at 12:45 pm, no appointment needed
Housing Resources San Diego Housing Commission The housing commission can help low income individuals and families find subsidized housing. If a youth is pregnant or parenting it is encouraged they get on the Section 8 list. There is a waitlist! Just In Time, Non-profit that provides small home furnishing for youth’s first apartment, lap-top computers, and emergency financial assistance
Housing Resources SDG&E CARE Program This program offers a 20% discount to income eligible individuals on their gas and electric bills SBC Universal Lifeline Services This program provides low income individuals basic home telephone services at half the cost
Employment Prior to emancipation there are several things CASA’s can do to help their youth gain employment Write a resume and cover letter-there are several helpful websites that can help them design their resume. Take them to the library and work on one! ○ Practice filling out basic job applications-this can occur both online or using a master application. Help find personal references- references are important in jobs! Help youth to identify three people that would give them a positive reference, and have them ask those people to write letters of recommendation! Expose youth to job search engines- San Diego Jobs, Craigslist, etc. Show them how to get to these websites and how to use them!
Employment Practice interview questions- Complete a mock interview with youth, teach them the importance of punctuality, appropriate dress Create an employment binder- this would consist of practice interview questions, job applications, a list of jobs they have applied to, letters of recommendation, copies of their important documents like ID, birth certificate, etc. (psst…get sheet protectors!!) Persistence!!- It is difficult to search for a job. Remind them to not give up and be persistent. Call back after an interview, thank you note, following up regularly
Employment Resources One Stop Career Center Youth Services- These centers work with the San Diego Workforce Partnership and provide services to youth ages These services include job search assistance, information, referrals, workshops, career exploration Regional Occupation Program (ROP) Job training classes held at local high schools and colleges Open to all residents of San Diego age 16 and older High school students may receive H.S. credit 3D computer animation, accounting, business, web design, culinary arts, automotive technology, child development & much more
Education High School Diploma If at all possible, ensure that each foster youth leaves the system with a high school diploma, if this is not possible there are other options: ○ Adult School- Youth can take classes that would earn them a high school diploma. Help them get signed up and ready to go prior to their emancipation. ○ GED- Youth can take the GED. This is a pretty difficult and lengthy test. GED exams are typically administered by local Adult schools. Help the youth get signed up for GED prep courses and registered for their exam date. ILS has funding to cover the cost of this exam, as it can be approximately $150.
Higher Education College!! There are many things CASA’s can do to help their case children be ready for college. CASAs and youth should use a 9-12 grade college planning guide at: Most State and UC college applications cost approximately $50. Students may obtain a waiver from their H.S. counselor to waive the cost of college applications and SAT fees
Financing College Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): This is filled out during a student’s senior year and helps determine the amount of aid he/she will get. This must be filled out in time to always ensure the best amount of aid possible. The deadline is almost always March 2 nd. The most important feature to remember on this form are questions regarding the youth’s dependency status. Please refer to this website for help: eryouth.pdf eryouth.pdf A youth is considered a dependent if they were a “ward/dependent/in foster care” at any time after their 13 th birthday.
Financing College CHAFEE Grant: California Chafee Program Must apply online around the same time as the FAFSA. The FAFSA must be submitted in order to submit this application as well. This grant is provided to former foster youth who were in foster care any time between the ages of 16 and 18. This is a grant that can provide up to $5000 per year for four years through the age of 22. This grant does not need to be paid back. You do need to remain enrolled in school at least part-time and reapply every year in order to continue receiving the yearly grant. The money can be used for anything, including books, transportation, housing, food, etc. https://www.chafee.csac.ca.gov/
Financing College Cal Grants Financial aid funded by the state of California for the attendance of California colleges. Grants are given based on grades and financial need Must complete the FAFSA in order to submit the application for the grant Some schools submit the forms electronically, it is best to check with the school counselor for more information and the paper application form
Financing College Guardian Scholars Programs Guardian Scholars programs are amazing programs when there is funding for them. The primary goal of the program is to provide extra assistance and supports to the students through tuition assistance, housing, tutoring, etc. Some of the programs offer year-round housing on campus and support for off campus housing There is a separate application process for the Guardian Scholars Programs and often must be completed along with the general college application.
Financing College Board of Governor’s Grant (BOG) This is to help waive enrollment fees and put money toward some books and other supplies when applying or enrolling in a California community college. This is usually filled out alongside with the community college application itself. EOP/EOPS : Extended Opportunity Program Services This is available at most community college campuses and universities. They can assist with book vouchers, cash grants, emergency loans, fee waiver, tutoring, etc.
Continuing Education Support Services FACE Your Future San Diego: Provides free college counseling to current and former foster youth in San Diego Several workshops on the FAFSA, college applications & SATs Detailed college planning guide Continuing Ed. Sat. Oct 23 rd at VFC
Transportation It is very difficult for teens in foster care to get their drivers licenses, thus transportation becomes a challenge Encourage your case children to speak with their ILS workers and see if they can get passes for the bus and trolley Teach them how to use public transportation Ride the route with them!! gives bus route and trolley info Public transportation may be frustrating, but helping youth get familiar with the process will only make them more comfortable and encourage them to take advantage of what is available
Transportation If your case children plan on getting their license at 18, educate them on the process and what is required Drivers License Requirements for 18 and over: ○ Pass a written exam ○ Pass vision exam ○ Pass drivers exam(the car they take the test in must be registered and insured) ○ Insurance! Go through DMV booklets (available at DMV for free) with your case children If they plan on buying a car, educate your case children on how to buy a car safely and wisely
Finances/Budgeting If age appropriate, help them open a checking and savings account **Note**: Most banks require an adult’s signature if a minor is opening an account! CASA’s cannot be that signature! Bank of America allows students to open up an account without an adult’s signature Some branches will give a great tutorial for youth Checking and savings account requirements: Social Security Number Photo ID (CA ID, picture school ID, etc) Minimum initial deposit
Finances/Budgeting Teach them how to balance a checkbook Go over their bank’s rules with them: Overdraft fees? ATM fees? Minimum balance requirement? Educate them on credit cards!! Interest, building credit, credit scores, etc. Do they need a credit check? The only reputable and free website for credit checks is Allows one free credit check per year.www.annualcreditreport.com The Agency could possibly be helping transitioning youth through this process prior to emancipation, Ask the Social Worker First!
Financial Resources For immediate financial assistance, youth can contact the Public Assistance Info Line at or Youth can also go to the Health and Human Services Family Resource Centers located throughout San Diego County to determine if they are eligible for cash aid or food stamps
Financial Resources Opportunity Passport Financial literacy program for current and former foster youth ages Participants have the opportunity to save money and have their savings matched up to $500 per year Must have social security card, photo ID, and ability to save a minimum amount of income For more info contact Susie Terry at
Health Insurance Medi-Cal is automatically available for those youth who emancipate from the foster care system until the age of 21; however it should be verified upon emancipation Medi-Cal must have a current address at all times, otherwise the insurance will be terminated Each youth should contact Medi-Cal at each time they move Or they can contact their Medi-Cal worker, if they do not know their worker they can call the ACCESS Line at
Health Insurance Health and Education Passport Document that lists all immunizations received, medical/dental visits, and a list of each school attended Each youth should receive this document upon emancipation-they will need it!! CASA’s can help to ensure each youth is up to date on all medical and dental exams prior to emancipation CASA’s can also help ensure that youth know how to refill their medications, make appointments, and how to access Medi-Cal when needed
More Local Resources Aging Out Guide, updated Feb by Casey Family Services A resource guide for transitional age youth, includes information on transitional housing, college and vocational planning, financial aide, scholarships, Medi-Cal, mental health services, just about everything! Independent Living Skills (ILS) Website Includes a contact list of all the ILS workers, their phone numbers, addresses, and office locations Includes list of ILS drop-in centers located by region
Upcoming Small Groups & Cont. Ed. Transitional Planning for Youth When: Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:30 am – 11:30 pm Where: VFC Training Room What: Representatives from FACE your Future San Diego and HHSA Independent Living Skills (ILS) will be discussing the resources that are available to our teens. RSVP: Jane Wehrmeister, What You Should Know About Group Homes When: Wednesday, Nov. 17 th 12:00-1:30pm Where: HERE! VFC Training Room RSVP: Angelita Ford