Housing & Support Services

In an effort to end homelessness for our community’s most vulnerable families and youth, we operate Housing and Support Services designed to provide affordable, secure housing in combination with critical support services. Services are provided to state-defined homeless families and youth or those at-risk of homelessness, and for current or former Transitional Age Foster Youth (TAY ages 16 to 24). Program services aim to provide participants with the security and skills necessary for them to move successfully from system dependence to self-sufficiency.

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 end homelessness for families in SLO County. With County support, FCNI was able to purchase two apartment complexes to provide affordable housing for homeless families, or those at-risk of becoming so. Participating families are provided necessary case management services for life skills development, one-on-one guidance, participate in work group classes and establish community linkages so they can successfully transition to self-sufficiency post-care. To date, we’ve served 609 families in HSP, helping them to achieve one or more of the following:

  • Secure family and housing stability 
  • Avoid being placed in more restrictive placement
  • Reach their individualized program goals 

2020/2021 impact

220
Homeless families served in their efforts to secure housing and improved life skills
55
Families were provided housing
126
Additional families served 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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2020/2021 impact

55
Unhoused Families Served
80%
Families Successfully Reunified

Bringing Families Home (BFH)

Launched in partnership with San Luis Obispo County’s Department of Social Services in 2017, 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 123 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. 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 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

2020/2021 impact for 14 youth served

%

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

%

improved academically

%

 improved their housing stability

%

reduced their risk behaviors (self-harm, suicidal ideation, and delinquent or reckless behaviors)

2020/2021 impact for 36 youth served

91%
Improved academically
85%
Improved their housing stability

85
reduced their risk behaviors (self-harm, suicidal ideation, and delinquent or reckless behaviors)
82%
improved their behaviors and/or mental wellness

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

Pursuant to AB12, 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 177 youth in their efforts to achieve one or more of the following:

  • Placement 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 Placement 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 249 youth to achieve one or more of the following:

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

2020/2021 impact for 23 youth served

%

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

%

improved academically

%

 improved their housing stability

%

reduced their risk behaviors (self-harm, suicidal ideation, and delinquent or reckless behaviors)

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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