What We Do
Former foster youth are among the highest risk population of becoming homeless during their young adult years. Orangewood help prevents former foster youth from becoming homeless. Orangewood Foundation provides transitional housing along with supportive services, housing referrals, and other housing assistance to support youth as they transition from foster care into independent adulthood. As a youth homeless prevention program, during the last year we:
- Provided transitional housing (18-24 months) in the Rising Tide apartments and house to 48 former foster youth, including 9 mothers and their 13 children.
- Had 19 youth exit our Rising Tide program. Of these, two youth transitioned from one community to another, 14 youth graduated the program, and three returned to homelessness. Our staff continues to work with these three to improve their housing situation and prevent youth homelessness.
- Assisted another 24 youth in finding housing or improving their housing situation.
- Opened The Lighthouse residential program which helps survivors of sex trafficking in Orange County return to a healthy and productive life. Six survivors called The Lighthouse home in its first year of operation.
Orangewood Foundation supports the Fair Housing Act and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation, national origin, or disability.