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Helping Foster Care Youth Succeed – Part II

December 12, 2017

Time:3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Housing challenges and effective models that support the transition to independent living

This a follow-on session to the event earlier this year, “Helping Foster Care Youth Succeed: Skills and strategies that support the transition to adulthood,” which will explore in-depth the specific challenges faced by youth aging out of foster care in securing and retaining housing, and the skills and supports they need to ensure a successful transition into independent living. The panel will feature a conversation with youth speakers, service providers, public agencies, and funders, and include a discussion around the housing landscape, effective models, policy initiatives, and private funding opportunities.

The session will be from 3–5pm followed by a holiday networking reception 5pm-6pm.


  • Hear directly from current/former foster youth about their experiences in securing and maintaining housing and the supports they need to live independently. Topics covered will include: challenges related to the application process and housing access/supply, the skills and supports needed to ensure a successful transition into independent living and post-secondary pathways, effective existing models, and needed reforms.
  • Help funders understand how philanthropy can effectively support youth and organizations in this work, as well as work with partners to advance systemic change.
  • Catalyze the development of successful evidence-based practices to encourage systemic change and policy reform at the city level.


Introduction/Overview: Katie Napolitano, Tiger Foundation

Moderator: Laura Mascuch, Executive Director of the Supportive Housing Network

Presentations and discussion with Youth, Public Agencies, and Community Based Organizations

  • Good Shepherd Services – Denise Hinds, Associate Executive Director
    Communal and supportive housing model that also provides educational, employment, and life-skill building services;
  • Children’s Village – Jeremy Kohomban, Executive Director
    Programs to support youth in transitioning to independence and a new residence with unique model;
  • City Living NY – Liz Northcutt, Executive Director and Founder
    Long-term adult relationships, individualized support/planning, housing goods, and academic, employment, and service referrals to help youth achieve their goals;
  • New York City Housing Authority – speaker TBD
    Application process, requirements, and supports for former foster youth;
  • Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services – Maryanne Schretzman, Director of the Center for Innovation
    Research on what happens to youth when they leave foster care or the juvenile justice system to inform Citywide policy and program decisions;
  • Administration for Children’s Services – Paul Williams, Head of Housing Academy Collaborative for Young Adults
    System perspectives, policies, and recent reforms/efforts to assist youth.

Recommendations for Funders & Closing: Natasha Lifton, New York Community Trust

Please RSVP to by December 7, 2017


December 12, 2017
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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