This project will track a cohort of youth who exit foster care and other residential programs for runaway and homeless youth to better understand their housing trajectories. Using administrative data, the Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI) will construct a cohort of youth between the ages of 18 and 21 in 2008 to 2013 who exited foster care, exited from a residential facility for runaway and homeless youth, or exited from a DHS shelter. The sample will then be tracked via administrative data from housing programs - including supportive housing, public housing, and shelters - to better understand their utilization of these programs and their housing stability. Factors that influence a young adult's placement into particular settings and their success once placed will be examined based on information about early foster care history, demographic information, and healthcare utilization.
By following a cohort of youth via administrative data, CIDI will be better able to understand what housing resources youth are utilizing and assess which youth may be suited for specific housing resources. With this knowledge, youth can be better prioritized for appropriate housing resources.
Funded by the New York Community Trust
In collaboration with the Corporation for Supportive Housing
NYC Administration for Children's Services
NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
NYC Department of Homeless Services
NYC Human Resources Administration
NYC Department of Correction
NYC Housing Authority