My Home at Artisan Court

My Home at Artisan Court provides a place where former foster youth ages 18-21 can find a home and build a path to independence. This supportive transitional housing program is the result of collaboration among Youth and Family Services YMCA, the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara and County Child Welfare Services.

Research tells us that 65% of young people leaving foster care don’t have a place to live and 40% will be on public assistance or incarcerated within four years. At My Home, young people who were facing homelessness are not simply housed; they receive the support they need to mature into self-sufficient adults. Our on-site staff and volunteers provide case management, education advocacy and preparation, work readiness training, life skills classes, and counseling.

The support that Youth and Family Services YMCA offers at My Home is funded largely through generous contributions from local foundations and individuals. In addition many local organizations including the FoodBank, Assistance League, The Women’s Fund, Santa Barbara City College and Social Venture Partners are providing the resources needed to help our young residents beat the odds and become something great.  

Amenities

  • Community Room
  • Program Room
  • Supportive Services Offices
  • Community Garden
  • Laundry
  • Landscaped Court Yard 5,940 sq. ft
  • Common Decks
  • Utilities
  • High Speed Internet

Services

Multidisciplinary services provide Artisan Court’s residents the needed support and encouragement necessary to successfully maintain permanent housing. The Housing Authority partners with two local agencies, YMCA Youth and Family Services (YFS) and PathPoint to provide these on-site support services. YFS provides social services to Santa Barbara’s pre-teens, teens and young adults (18-24) and encompasses Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter  in Santa Barbara, the Isla Vista Teen Center and Street Outreach Services. PathPoint has been a leader in the field of supported employment and living services, providing job skills assessment, job placement, and community independent skills to people who are usually underserved. On-site coordinators provide workshops/classes for Artisan Court residents, in addition to a wide range of residential, day programs, and employment services.

For more information contact:

Kaylie Reynolds
Transitional Living Case Manager
422 East Cota Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
805-560-8250
Kaylie.Reynolds@ciymca.org

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Beyond Foster Care: Need for Services Beyond the Age of 21

This survey is for California former foster, Independent Living Program (ILP) eligible probation, and dual status youth ages 22 to 35. The purpose of the study is to explore the experiences and need for services of California former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth who are between the ages of 22 and 35. Participation in the study would last about 20 to 35 minutes. You may choose to withdraw your participation at any time. Your answers will be confidential. The information will be kept in a secure database with no identifying information for the duration of the study. 

The findings of this study will be used to provide suggestions for programs and services that will improve long-term outcomes for former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth. 

Visit this link in order to complete the survey! 


 

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