LSS of Northern California provides support and housing for youth emerging from foster care in Sacramento. Adolfo is a permanent supportive housing program in Sacramento County serving emancipated foster youth who are homeless and have a disability.
At age eighteen, a foster youth is considered an adult by the system, and he or she is no longer eligible for support. More than half of these teenagers leave the system alone and without family or other positive role models to help them make the crucial transition into adulthood.
About 30-45% of these young people will become homeless, and because they face unique challenges in seeking jobs, half of them are unemployed. Many foster youth are stigmatized by their status as dependents of the system. Because of the chaotic nature of their lives, they are often behind in educational achievement and preparation for independent living.
More About Adolfo
Adolfo provides intensive and comprehensive case management that allows youth to focus on becoming self-sufficient. Youth create obtainable goals, build rapport with their case managers, and focus on employment and educational goals. Adolfo seeks to prevent a return to homelessness by fostering personal and economic self-sufficiency through strengthening the youths' own support system and their desire to manifest their abilities. By creating individualized groups such as employment skills, financial literacy, and healthy living skills we are listening to what our youth want and providing them help along their journey to adulthood.
The youth are embraced by the community through program partnerships with the Sacramento Department of Human Assistance, Department of Health & Human Services Independent Living Program (ILP), Casey Family Programs, One-Stop Career Centers and local churches. Efforts are placed on educating the community about the struggles these youth faced and how to help them believe in their dreams.
2013-2014 Program Outcomes
1. 75% of program participants obtained permanent housing upon program exit.
2. 46% of program participants increased their income.
3. 91% of program participants remained in housing for over 6 months.