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 1054 families in HSP with a total success rate of 81%. Program success is based on the following indicators:

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

2019/2020 OUTCOMES

243
Families Served
89%
Successful Placement Days

Malik's Story

Malik felt like the proverbial chicken with its head cut off--running around in circles and getting nowhere, fast. One week sober, Malik was still trapped in his self-made mess. He was homeless, staying in shelters or on a friend’s couch; he felt unemployable, and his two young daughters were placed with his sister for their safety. For support, Malik was connected with a sober living program to help him with his sobriety, but having a home and being able to provide for his children still felt like an impossible feat.

Read more

2019/2020 OUTCOMES

64
Families Served
80%
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 190 families with an overall success rate of 85%. 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 615 youth with 85% having had successful placements as evidenced by:

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

2019/2020 OUTCOMES

20
Youth Served
82%
Successful Placement Days

2019/2020 OUTCOMES

35
Youth Served
91%
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 286 youth with 85% having had successful placements as evidenced by:

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

Alexis's Story

As a foster youth, Alexis was one tough cookie. She’d been in multiple programs since she was a child, including a group home from which she had transitioned into FCNI’s TAY Housing program at 17. But like most youth her age, Alexis liked the idea of “working towards adult independence” a lot more than she did having to actually do it. She refused to adhere to the most basic program guidelines, meeting curfew, and attending school and team meetings regularly. She said she hated being “under someone’s thumb,” so she routinely rebelled against her workers. She threw crowded parties with drugs and alcohol in her apartment which caused damage and led to her being hospitalized. Eventually, Alexis had to make a choice--she could either try to follow the rules of the program or she would have to exit. Alexis packed a small backpack of her belongings, and decided to leave her apartment and THPP behind.

Read more

2019/2020 OUTCOMES

29
Youth Served
93%
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 468 youth with 86% having had successful placements as evidenced by:

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