Housing Support Services

Programs within this service division are designed to provide affordable, secure housing combined with support services for homeless families and youth or those at-risk of homelessness, and for current or former Transitional Age Foster Youth (ages 16 to 24), to help them move successfully from system dependence to self-sufficiency.

Goals:

  • To provide homeless families and youth with safe, affordable housing within their chosen communities
  • To help those in care develop critical life skills
  • To help youth and families develop a community-based support system
  • To help current and former foster youth avoid homelessness or incarceration post-care

Housing Support Program (HSP)

In partnership with the County of San Luis Obispo Department of Social Services, HSP was launched in 2015 to end homelessness for families in SLO County. With County support, FCNI has purchased two apartment complexes to provide affordable housing for homeless families, or those at-risk of becoming so. Program participants are provided necessary case management services for life skills development, one-on-one guidance, and participate in work group classes and establish community linkages so they can successfully transition to self-sufficiency post-care. To date, we’ve served 811 families in HSP with a total success rate of 79%. Program success is based on the following indicators:

  • Diversion from a more restrictive placement
  • Family and housing stability

2018/2019 OUTCOMES

221
Families Served
446,631
Total Program Days
88%
Successful Placement Days

Alec's Story

Alec was at rock bottom--again. As an alcoholic, Alec found himself again facing the devastating consequences of instability and poor choices. He had lost his job, his girlfriend had moved out with their two children, and he was evicted from his apartment. The final blow came when Alec was arrested for his second DUI and ended up sentenced to six months in jail. With nowhere to go but up, Alec committed himself to his sobriety while serving his time. But when he was released, Alec realized that while sober, he had nothing to return to--no family, no home, no purpose.

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2018/2019 OUTCOMES

70
Families Served
88%
Successful Placement Days

Bringing Families Home (BFH)

Launched in SLO County in 2017 and in partnership with the County of San Luis Obispo Department of Social Services (DSS), the purpose of BFH is to reduce the number of youth in the foster care system by connecting homeless families with affordable and stable housing, when the lack of safe housing is the greatest barrier to family reunification. Since the program’s inception, we have served 126 families with an overall success rate of 88%. This success is based on the following:

  • Diversion of youth from a more restrictive placement
  • Family and housing stability

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. THPP-M provides affordable housing, and substantial one-on-one counseling, support, instruction and guidance, to this very at-risk population. Since 1999, THPP-M has served 595 youth with 86% having had successful placements as evidenced by:

  • Placement stability
  • Successful transition to independent living
  • Avoidance of incarceration or homelessness post-program

2018/2019 OUTCOMES

24
Youth Served
2,693
Total Client Placement Days
85%
Successful Placement Days

2018/2019 OUTCOMES

39
Youth Served
7,487
Total Client Placement Days
90%
Successful Placement Days

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

Pursuant to AB12 which was passed into law in 2010 and implemented in 2012, THPP-NMD is a placement option for Non-Minor Dependent foster youth, ages 18-21, who are provided affordable housing and a wide range of supportive services, including one-on-one life skills development assistance and case management, in order to successfully become self-sufficient post-foster care. We served our first THPP-NMD youth in early 2013, and have since served a total of 251 youth with 85% having had successful placements as evidenced by:

  • Placement stability
  • Successful transition to independent living
  • Avoidance of incarceration or homelessness post-program

Julien's Story

Nearing 17, Julien was completely unsure of his future. Adulthood was right around the corner, and he was not prepared. Staying with his current foster family wasn’t an option, but he knew of no other options. And while he loved his parents, they weren’t capable of supporting him--emotionally, financially or even with housing--as they couldn’t even meet their own needs. Caught up in feelings of confusion and fear, Julien started ditching school and acting out, increasing the tension between him and his foster parents....

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2018/2019 OUTCOMES

20
Youth Served
4,521
Total Client Placement Days
89%
Successful Placement Days

Transitional Housing Placement Plus (THP+)

In partnership with the County of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County Departments of Social Services, our THP+ program is designed to provide affordable housing, case management, supervision and life skills training to former foster youth ages 18-24. Since the program’s inception, we’ve served 439 youth with 86% having had successful placements as evidenced by:

  • Placement stability
  • Successful transition to independent living
  • Avoidance of incarceration or homelessness post-program