Housing & Support Services

Increasing Opportunities for At-Risk and Homeless Families and Youth

We are committed to moving the most vulnerable in our community—homeless and at-risk families and youth—to safety and stability. Through our Housing and Support Services, families and youth are provided affordable, safe housing in combination with individualized support. Services are provided to state-defined homeless families and youth or those at-risk of homelessness, and to current or former Transitional Age Foster Youth (TAY ages 16 to 24), providing them with a stable foundation from which they can the skills they need to become self-sufficient.

Service Goals:

  • Provide homeless families and youth with safe, affordable housing within their chosen communities
  • Help those in care develop critical life skills to ensure self-sufficiency
  • Help youth and families develop a community-based support system
  • Help our current and former foster youth avoid homelessness, incarceration or a higher level of system dependence post-care

Housing Support Program (HSP)

In Partnership with the San Luis Obispo County’s Department of Social Services, HSP was launched in 2015 to move unhoused families in SLO County to safe, affordable housing. With County support, FCNI was able to purchase two apartment complexes to provide housing for homeless families, or those at-risk of becoming so. Participating families are provided individualized case management services for life skills development, one-on-one guidance, participate in work group classes, and establish community-based support so they can successfully transition to self-sufficiency post-care. To date, we’ve served 885 families in HSP, helping them to achieve one or more of the following:

  • Secure housing stability 
  • Avoid more restrictive placement or services
  • Reach their individualized program goals

2021-2022 Impact

Served 276 Homeless Families in their efforts to secure housing and improved life skills

Served an additional 121 Families in after-care support to maintain their housing and reduce recidivism

Beto's Story

Being homeless was never Beto’s intention, but he also couldn’t see how to live any differently. His son, Levi, and he hadn’t had a permanent home for years, instead living at local campgrounds. With limited skills, Beto had experienced long bouts of unemployment interspersed by odd jobs. And Levi seemed to be following in his dad’s footsteps; he had chosen to drop out of highschool at 17 because he’d fallen too far behind due to his poor attendance. Not wanting his son to live this way, Beto had looked into different community options to get help with housing and financial assistance, but dealing with program workers and expectations was difficult for him.

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2021/2022 Impact

Unhoused families served

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Bringing Families Home (BFH)

Launched in partnership with San Luis Obispo County’s Department of Social Services in 2017, BFH reunifies families when the lack of safe housing is the greatest barrier to family reunification. BFH is designed to reduce local homelessness and the number of youth having to be placed in the foster care system by connecting homeless families with affordable and stable housing. Since the program’s inception, we have served 182 families in their efforts to achieve one or more of the following: 

  • Family and housing stability 
  • Family Reunification
  • Avoidance of youth being placed in a more restrictive placement
  • Reach their individualized program goals

Transitional Housing Placement Program for Minors (THPP-M)

THPP-M is a structured, intensive program for foster youth ages 16-18 who are preparing to exit the foster care system. By providing these youth with affordable housing, and substantial one-on-one counseling, and individualized support, instruction and guidance, they are able to develop critical life skills and reach their education and/or career goals. Since 1999, THPP-M has served 430 youth in their efforts to achieve one or more of the following:

  • Secure stability in care
  • Transition to independent living
  • Reach their individualized program goals 
  • Avoid incarceration or homelessness post-program

2021/2022 Impact

3 Youth Served

%

of them stabilized or improved their behaviors and/or mental wellness

%

improved academically

%

developed self-protective behaviors, making long-term, positive progress in their mental health wellness.  

2021/2022 Impact

Served 38 youth

%

stabilized in care or transitioned successfully to Independent Living or Family

%

of them stabilized or improved their behaviors and/or mental wellness

%

developed self-protective behaviors, making long-term, positive progress in their mental health wellness

Transitional Housing Placement Program for Non-Minor Dependents (THPP-NMD)

Passed into law in 2010 and implemented in 2012, THPP-NMD provides Non-Minor Dependent foster youth, ages 18-21, with affordable housing and a wide range of supportive services, including one-on-one life skills development and individualized case management so they can become successfully self-sufficient post-foster care. We served our first THPP-NMD youth in early 2013, and have since served a total 215 youth in their efforts to achieve one or more of the following:

  • Housing stability
  • Successfully transition to independent living
  • Reach their individualized program goals 
  • Avoid incarceration or homelessness post-program

Laineys Story

Lainey had big plans for herself following high school. After years in foster care, she and her boyfriend were going to get their own place, find good jobs, and make a home together. Unfortunately, achieving the first two goals proved extremely difficult with only two high school diplomas and no rental history between them. Living between their friends’ and previous foster parents’ homes also proved exhausting and stressful--for both them and their loved ones. Eventually, they had burned too many bridges and had no choice but to start sleeping on the street. And after six months of this, the couple broke up, no longer able to maintain their relationship in such difficult circumstances. Without any other options, Lainey reached out to her Social Worker to ask for help. Being alone and homeless was not how Lainey wanted to live; she wanted a real chance at achieving her goals again.

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Transitional Housing Program Plus (THP+)

Provided in partnership with both the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties’ Department of Social Services, our THP+ program--launched in 2007--provides affordable housing in conjunction with a high degree of case management, supervision and life skills training to former foster youth ages 18-24. Since the program’s inception, we’ve served 272 youth to achieve one or more of the following:

  • Housing stability
  • Successful transition to independent living
  • Reach their individualized program goals
  • Avoidance of incarceration or homelessness post-program

2021/2022 Impact

23 Youth Served

%

of them stabilized in care or transitioned to independent living

%

of them stabilized or improved their behaviors and/or mental wellness

%

developed self-protective behaviors, making long-term, positive progress in their mental health wellness

Anthonys Story

Anthony was no stranger to state services. He’d been in foster care most of his childhood, including a couple of stays in group homes due to his challenging behaviors. By the time he was 19, Anthony had been through both THPP for minors and non-minors. Both programs aimed to provide him with housing and stability so that he could focus on achieving his academic and career goals. Unfortunately, Anthony’s time in both programs was pretty unproductive. Like a lot of youth his age, Anthony struggled to cooperate with his team (i.e., authority figures) so he either fought with his team or refused to show up to meetings. He also failed drug tests and threw parties, and preferred surrounding himself with negative people who encouraged these poor life choices. All of these factors threatened Anthony’s ability to remain in the program, putting his housing and future at risk.

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