Housing & Independent Living

Not having a safe, stable place to live ranks highest on the list of challenges for foster care alumni striving to earn a college degree. Below you can read more about the programs in our community that provide housing and independent living support for students and young adults at risk of homelessness. 

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Community Properties of Ohio (CPO), manages a new residence built-in central Ohio called Columbus Scholar House for Former Foster Youth. Its purpose is to support and house former foster youth seeking higher education. Students age 18- 24 interested in living in supportive housing designed for former foster youth and based on income can fill out an interest card here and learn more about the application process here.

Action Ohio advocates helping support The FYI Program, or Foster Youth Independence Program. This program provides on-demand housing vouchers to public housing authorities to prevent or end homelessness among young adults under the age of 25. You can get involved and find more information about FYI here.

OHFA partners with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council and the Ohio Department of Development to make this free service available to all Ohioans. You can search for available housing here.

Star House is an agency that operates Central Ohio's only drop-in center for youth, ages 14-24, who are experiencing homelessness. The agency offers young people a safe respite from the streets, immediate access to basic needs, and connections to stabilizing resources. Services referrals to housing assistance, transportation providers, employment preparation,  addiction services, legal aid, government benefits navigation and ID cards are available. 

The Huckleberry House Transitional Living Program can help young people between ages 18-22 make a home of their own. They know that succeeding on your own is about much more than finding a place to lay your head at night. Their program can help youth develop the skills and the confidence needed to live a happy and productive life that everyone deserves. 

Michael Outrich aged out of foster care in 2011 from a Children’s Home in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. This independent living tool kit was designed by Michael to help former foster youth met the demands that independent living requires.