OPPORTUNITY FOR CHANGE

“30% of homeless in America were once in foster care.”1

Now is the Opportunity for Change

Problem

“Difficulties furnishing a tenancy can be a cause of tenancy failure. Furniture is important to tenants’ well-being and extends beyond seating and beds. A lack of furniture has adverse psychological impacts; and can reduce the likelihood that a property will become a ‘home’ for tenants.”2

Solution

“Having a satisfactory range of furniture and furnishings is essential for homeless people who are being rehoused… Without this, it is much more likely that the tenancy will fail and that the cycle of homelessness will be repeated. Providing help with furniture and furnishings is a very basic form of homelessness prevention.3

1 ABC News Primetime – https://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/FosterCare/story?id=2017991&page=1
2The Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University “Assessment of the need for Furniture” Authors: Aimee Ambrose Elaine Batty Will Eadson Paul Hickman George Quinn, March 2016
3Scottish Council for Single Homeless (2007) “Tenancy Failure – how much does it cost?”

A Sense of Home is

Implementing the Change:

1

The community & businesses donate furniture & housewares that would
normally end up in a landfill

2

Teams of volunteers work with ASOH staff who were one time recipients along with youth
paying it forward to install donated items to
create homes for aged-out foster youth

3

The recipient achieves a
sustainable tenancy

Statistics

“The population at greatest risk for becoming homeless are the 25,000 to 30,000
youths who age out of foster care each year when they turn 18.”1

70%

of girls who age out of the foster care system will become pregnant before the age of 21.2

47%

is the unemployment rate of youth aging out of the foster care system.3

25%

of the prison population was in the foster care system at one point.4

25%

of aged-out foster youth are clinically diagnosed with PTSD – a higher rate than any other population.3

The Cost to Society3 = $8 Billion

1“Homelessness During the Transition From Foster Care to Adulthood” American Journal of Public Health, December 2013 by Dworsky, Napolitano, & Courtney, PhD in Am J Public Health. 2013 December
2https://www.nfyi.org/51-useful-aging-out-of-foster-care-statistics-social-race-media/
3Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth” By Dworsky, Courtney, et al, 2011 University of Chicago (Chaplin Hall)
4ABC News Primetime

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