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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Media Contact: Molly Moses
Study Suggests Benefits of Supportive Housing for Transitional Age Youth; Details Roadmap for Housing Providers to Follow
COLUMBUS – The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) released a report on a housing program for transitional age youth administered by Daybreak, Inc. Daybreak, located in Dayton and serving residents of the Miami Valley, offers a diverse array of programs and housing for children and young adults who have experienced homelessness. In 2008, Daybreak opened a new 50,000 square foot facility supported, in part, with Low Income Housing Credits – the first such organization in the country to partner with a state housing finance agency in this way. The building, Opportunity House, provides a range of services including street outreach, an emergency shelter and transitional housing.
Following the completion of Opportunity House, Daybreak received a grant from OHFA to launch an evaluation of the impact of its transitional housing program to identify best practices that would enable Daybreak to offer more comprehensive, results-oriented programs that provide safety and stability for youth who have previously experienced homelessness and develop a template for others to implement. This report represents the final step in that process.
Young adults accessing Daybreak supportive housing have experienced abuse, neglect and trauma. One-third of participants had been in the foster care system; more than a quarter were pregnant or parenting at entry (26 percent). Because of these challenges and many others, Daybreak tenants can be unprepared to live on their own, perhaps lacking basic life skills, and need intensive and long-term assistance from across the social service spectrum.
The study finds that youth who reside in Daybreakâ€™s housing program for at least 12 months are more likely to achieve positive program outcomes, such as increased educational attainment and higher wages than youth who enter and exit the program in less time. The study also finds that youth who use drugs and alcohol are less likely than their peers are to achieve desired program outcomes, as are those who suffer from chronic illnesses or suffer from attention deficit, conduct or disruptive behavior disorders.
In addition to those results, the report outlines a Roadmap to Youth Housing. This section provides details on how Daybreak blends a variety of grants to fund its capital and operating expenses, the legal and regulatory environment in which Daybreak operates and issues that must be considered by those interested in developing housing for at-risk transitional age youth.
The report includes three policy recommendations, grounded in its findings, to improve outcomes for transitional age youth:
- Allowing youth experiencing homelessness to stay longer in transitional housing programs;
- Increasing the supply of affordable housing for youth exiting transitional housing; and
- Expanding community services for youth subpopulations.
To access the complete study and supporting documents, please visit the OHFA website.
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About the Ohio Housing Finance Agency
OHFA is a self-supporting quasi-public agency governed by an eleven member board. The Agency uses federal and state resources to provide housing opportunities for families and individuals through programs designed to develop, preserve and sustain affordable housing throughout the state of Ohio.