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A Sense of Home creates first-ever homes for youth aging out of foster care with donated furniture and home goods.

Are you a former foster youth in need of furniture for your first home? If yes, please review our Eligibility Criteria and FAQ, then apply below.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must not reside in transitional housing.
  • Applicants must have their name on the lease of a rented unit. Or if a student is renting a room, must how a valid student ID card.
  • Applicants must be requesting assistance for their first home.
  • Applicants must show documentation verifying that they have at one point been in the foster care system. To obtain acceptable documentation call 877.846.1602
  • Applicants must be working or going to school (or a combination of work and school) for at least 30 hours per week.

If you meet all of the above eligibility criteria, please complete our application below. If you are unsure if you qualify please email: youth@asenseofhome.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a referral?

No, you do not need a referral to apply. You can apply directly to our service by completing the application below.

What is your selection process?

All former foster youth who meet our Eligibility Criteria qualify for our service.

Do I need to have a lease before I complete my application?

No, you can apply even before having your lease in hand.

I completed the application, what’s the next step?

Our team will reach out to you within three business days to review your application with you.

What is the difference between a Home Creation and a Warehouse Pickup?

Home Creations are when a team of volunteers come to your empty home to install donated furniture in under 2 hours. A Warehouse Pickup is when recipients bring a truck and pickup specific items for their home.

What determines whether I will receive a Home Creation or a Warehouse Pickup?

Warehouse Pickups are for applicants who meet our Eligibility Criteria and have one or more of the following:

  • Geographic location restrictions
  • Only need some items
  • Roommate is not former foster youth
  • Have received services previously from ASOH

To organize and host a Home Creation, all of the following criteria must be met:

  • The home ASOH is hosting a Home Creation for must be a completely empty unit. Closets and bathtubs can be filled with personal items. ASOH may make exceptions to certain furniture pieces.
  • Adherence to geographic limitations (typically 35-45 miles radius from our warehouse).
  • Recipient must meet all eligibility requirements as listed in our Eligibility Criteria.
  • If the home has had any pest or insect infestations, ASOH must receive evidence of remedy prior to scheduling a Home Creation.

When will I receive furniture?

This depends on a multitude of factors, but the turnaround time can be as little as 2 days or a 3-8 week wait.

What is a pickup?

A Sense of Home cannot always provide a full installation Home Creation. In these cases, we ask the recipient to rent a Uhaul and come and pick up everything for your home! We walk you through the placement of items and load the truck for you!

I saw a piece of furniture in another home, can I have the same?

ASOH runs off donations, our inventory changes weekly. We encourage you to share what you like in the phone interview but cannot guarantee any furniture pieces.

I received a full home creation before, can I get it again?

Priority goes to first time applicants. ASOH provides furnishings typically one time. In cases in which the safety or security of the recipient and/or their children is endangered, management may determine you are eligible for a second service. Please email youth@asenseofhome.org to determine eligibility. Most second requests are not granted due to our policies.

I’m renting a room, can I still receive services?

Yes, if you are renting a room as a student, without a lease, you can apply! If you are a non-student renting a room with a lease, you can apply! If you are renting a room, you are still eligible for a full home furnishings once you get your very own place.

What is the age limit?

A Sense of Home does not have an age limit, it must be your first apartment where you are the leaseholder.

I have a roommate, can you provide them furniture?

Only if they are former foster youth and meet our eligibility requirements. They would need to fill out a full application as well.

Does ASOH provide housing?

No, for housing and other resources available in California for Transition Age Youth (TAY) and former foster youth
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At this time, we are accepting applications for assistance from former foster youth who reside in the greater Los Angeles area.

Acknowledgement and Acceptance
By completing this application you understand and accept that the furniture and housewares you are requesting have been received as donations to A Sense of Home. Therefore, the items you will receive have mostly been previously used. While we do our best to provide you items with minimal wear and damage, you understand that they are not in brand new condition. Once the items are placed in your home, they belong to you and A Sense of Home does not make repairs or replacements of the items.

Furthermore, ASOH will make the final determination of whether an applicant will receive an entire home creation or be invited to obtain specific items from the warehouse. This determination is made based on various factors including the availability of volunteer teams to conduct home creations, the furniture applicants currently have inside the home, and the geographic location of the home.

Additionally, as a part of your application for assistance, you will be asked to sign the following waivers:

Recipient waiver
Honest Co waiver

ASOH accepts one additional request for additional furniture or housewares from recipients for up to one year after initial onboarding. This benefit may only be used once. The qualification criteria applicable to initial assistance would also apply for repeat requests with priority given to first-time requests. At its discretion, management may make exceptions to this policy when the safety or security of recipients and/or their children is endangered.

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