Sending Office: Honorable Michael R. Turner
Sent By:
Dan.Hare@mail.house.gov

 

Request for Cosponsor(s)

Cosponsor H.R. 2069, the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act

Current Cosponsors (23):  Kildee (MI-05); Langevin (RI-02); Marino (PA-10); Hill (AR-02); Moore (WI-04); Bass (CA-37); Stivers (OH-15); Cicilline (RI-04); Hastings (FL-20); Cole
(OK-02); Knight (CA-25); Evans (PA-02); Davis (IL-07); Comstock (VA-10); Faso (NY-19); Meeks (NY-05); MacArthur (NJ-03); Bacon (NE-02); Raskin (MD-08); Peters (CA-52); Renacci (OH-16); Upton (MI-06); Khanna (CA-17)

Senate Companion —   Leads:  Grassley (IA); Stabenow (MI)

Cosponsors (5):  King (ME)Kaine (VA); Franken (MN); Scott (SC); Klobuchar (MN)

Endorsed in the 114th / 115th Congress by:  National Center for Housing and Child Welfare;  Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption;  Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA);  Ohio Association
of Child Caring Agencies;  Lighthouse Youth Services (Ohio); Center of Vocational Alternatives (COVA) (Ohio); Ohio Youth Advisory Board (YAB) leadership; Alumni of Care Together Improving Outcomes Now (ACTION) Ohio leadership; Central Missouri Foster Care
& Adoption Association


Did You Know?

Foster Youth + Homelessness

  • As many as 37% of foster care alumni have experienced homelessness.  A much greater proportion have faced housing instability – e.g., couch surfing, frequent housing changes, and eviction
  • Almost half the homeless youth across the country have previously been in foster care.
  • Homeless adults disproportionately report foster care experiences.
    • Among the homeless population in Minnesota, 53% of those age 24 or younger had out-of-home placements (such as foster care, group home, and treatment facilities) as a child.
    • Nationally, 50% of the homeless population spent time in foster care.
  • More than two-fifths of foster youth experienced enduring housing problems in the 2 years following their exit from foster care.
  • Many foster youth experience enduring patterns of precarious housing; one-fifth of the adolescents taking part in one study experienced chronic homelessness.

Foster Care Alumni + Public Housing Assistance

  • Only 38% of alumni who experienced homelessness applied for public housing
    • Of those who did not apply, half said it was because they did not know how
  • In one poll, 42% who applied for public housing stated that they were denied services.

Negative Consequences associated with lack of stable housing after “aging out”

  • Education & Training Falters:  Low rates of high school graduation, post-secondary enrollment, and vocational attainment; 6 times less likely to attain a post-secondary degree by age 26.
  • Exposure to Crime + Risky Behavior:   Faced with homelessness, couch-surfing, and frequent moves, aged out youth encounter common challenges including violence, drug abuse, and prostitution.
  • Lower Earnings + Higher Joblessness Rates compared to young adults within similar age range, even when controlling for other important factors, such as socioeconomic status prior to age 18.
  • Human Trafficking Victims:  Research has documented a high percentage of trafficked children and youth who spent time in foster care before being exploited.

Increased Cost to Society

  • A “typical” young adult receives $44,500 worth of support from parents after reaching age 18.  Foster youth lose access to almost all supports upon aging out, generally at age 18 or 21.
  • Failure to take action to improve outcomes for foster youth will cost states $5.7 Billion for each cohort of youth aging out of foster care in a given year, including:
    • $4.8B in criminal justice-related costs;
    • $116M in costs stemming from unplanned parenthood; and
    • $749M in loss of earnings due to foster youth’s lower rates of education & vocational attainment
Related Legislative Issues
Selected legislative information: Economy, Family Issues, Finance, Social Security
Related Bill Information
Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 2069
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