Roughly 700* young adults age out of foster care into independent living in New York City and Westchester County each year. Generally, these young adults are 18 to 21 years of age. For a young adult who is aging out of foster care, a first apartment is expensive and requires a great deal of effort to put together. Both can be roadblocks for a successful transition and a productive life.
Governmental agencies do provide some funds to assist in the aging out/first apartment process. Those funds provide for first month’s rent, rental security deposits and utilities deposits. What remains, after those payments, might be enough for the young adult to purchase a bed and a dresser, leaving the rest of the apartment empty. With no cooking or cleaning items, nutrition and health can be compromised. This leaves a newly independent young adult in a precarious and depressing situation.
Many foundations and organizations make funds available to improve the odds of success in a young adult aging out of foster care. Job training, mentoring and financial literacy are examples of additional programming assistance that help to increase these odds. Hearts to Homes believes that it is a necessary and unique complement to these programs. After all, it is hard to be successful at a job without access to the items that help you to be presentable on the job – items like an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer or a shower curtain!
*Most recent data is for 2018