San Jose, Calif. (July 9, 2018) – Unity Care, a Northern California nonprofit organization that serves youth in the foster care system, today announced that it has expanded its ability to serve youth aging out of foster care with the acquisition of asupportive housing complex for young women. The complex provides case management and therapeutic services for female transitional age youth (TAY) who are attending school and working.
Housing is a critical part of Unity Care’s strategy to promote self-sufficiency and prevent homelessness for foster youth. Nationwide, 40 percent of foster youth experience homelessness within two years of turning 18. Unity Care’s goal is to provide safe, secure and affordable homes for TAY (ages 18–24), while helping them successfully transition into adulthood.
The San Francisco complex is part of Unity Care’s acquisition of MAC’s Children & Family Services, a nonprofit organization serving transitional-age foster youth in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties.
“ We believe it is critical for every youth leaving foster care to have a safe and secure place to call home so they can attend to their health, well-being, education, and employment. That’s why Unity Care has set a goal of doubling our affordable housing stock for youth transitioning out of foster care. This complex is an important step toward helping us to achieve that goal,” said André Chapman, Unity Care founder and CEO.
About Unity Care:Founded in 1993, Unity Care serves over 7,500 Bay Area foster youth and families annually through 24 unique programs, delivering culturally proficient and trauma-informed services centered around Unity Care’s “5 Pillars of Success” – HOUSING, EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, WELL-BEING, and UNCONDITIONAL CARE.To learn more about Unity Care programs and upcoming volunteer opportunities, please visit www.unitycare.orgor follow us @UnityCare #UnityCare #25YouthLive!