Can Extended Foster Care Reduce the Risk of Youth Homelessness?

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago delves into this question in a new brief. Researchers analyzed interviews from over 600 youth in foster care in California to assess their experiences with homelessness. They examined two data collection points—the first and third interviews with transition-age foster youth conducted over a four-year period, between ages 17 and 21. They found that about one third of the youth had experienced homelessness between 17 and 21. The majority of those who had been homeless said their total number of days of homelessness was less than 3 months within that four-year period, and their longest single episode of homelessness was between one week and three months.