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Author Vanessa Diffenbaugh (third from right), MiCasa youth Jasmine (second from right), and two LSS staff members at our recent Luncheon benefiting former foster youth.

MiCasa is a transitional housing program for homeless, former foster care youth. The program provides supportive services and housing for ten youth, and housing for up to 24 months. Youth are provided with assistance in completing their high school diploma or GED, and enrolling in college courses. They are provided with employment skills training and mental health services. This unique program helps youth acquire the life skills they need to become self-sufficient, and to grow and thrive into their adulthood.

Each participant creates obtainable goals with the support of the case manager, program team, and other supportive adults. The primary goal is to support residents in becoming financially independent, so the program focuses on employment and education. Residents are encouraged to utilize any services that support the achievement of these goals, such as employment assistance, mental health and/or drug and alcohol treatment. The program works creatively to meet each person “where they’re at,” and to reinforce individual strengths. 

To qualify, the youth must have been in foster care immediately before turning 18, and have emancipated through the courts.

All residents have their own room in one of two houses in a quiet neighborhood in Concord, CA. Residents are encouraged to live on their own as soon as they can, although they may stay for up to two years if needed.

Youth are required to pay rent which is based upon their income. If working, the youth pays 1/3 of their income towards rent, a portion of which is placed into their savings. MiCasa provides a $100/month stipend for each resident, and also contributes $50 month toward individual savings plans for each resident to receive at program exit.



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