Based on national research and promising practices, Foster Forward has invested unrestricted, local, and federal funds into developing and implementing a rapid re-housing program for homeless youth ages 18-24 who were previously in the care and custody of DCYF after their 14th birthday. The Your Way Home Program uses a rapid a set of rapid-rehousing strategies that permanently houses individuals/families as quickly as possible where level and duration of support is tailored to meet the needs of each household. Prior to the development of this program, there was no dedicated housing resource for this population beyond the adult shelter system.
The Your Way Home program developed by Foster Forward is responsive to both the developmental needs of the population and guidelines on a Housing First Approach. Housing First is a homeless assistance approach that prioritizes providing permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness, thus ending their homelessness and serving as a platform from which they can pursue personal goals and improve their quality of life.
Your Way Home FAQ
Youth are eligible to receive housing search assistance, short-term rental assistance, and supportive services if they meet the Category 1 definition of literal homelessness as outlined by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Youth are enrolled into the Your Way Home Program through Rhode Island’s Continuum of Care Coordinated Entry Referral Process.