A new collaborative housing program is setting out to help foster youth transition out of care and alleviate one of the provinces most pressing social issues, youth homelessness. The program, called the Friendly Landlord Network, connects youth transitioning out of care directly with landlords. These youth are guided through the housing process by a
local youth serving organization, who provide support, similar to what parented youth receive.
“There are numerous barriers that prevent youth in care from accessing housing, the network will help bypass these by creating a community of support and culture of understanding” – Christina Grammenos (Community Engagement Coordinator, Friendly Landlord Network)
In BC, 40% of homeless youth have been in the foster care system at some point in their lives. After turning 19, foster youth in BC no longer have housing, healthcare, regular financial assistance or access to a social worker (fosteringchange.ca).
“The Friendly Landlord Network project is a much needed integral part of the continuum of housing services and supports for our young people” – Kristine Kredba (Manager of Outreach and Transitions, Directions Youth Services)
The Friendly Landlord Network is currently working with a growing number of youth serving organizations and is actively searching for caring individuals and property managers with places to rent. Landlords who join the network receive market rent and tenancy support from a local youth serving organization. The network officially went live on January 6, 2016. For more information or to become a Friendly Landlord please visit: friendlylandlordnetwork.com