My Home at Artisan Court provides a place for transitional age youth (18-24) experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness can find a home and build a path to independence. This supportive transitional housing program is the result of collaboration among Youth and Family Services YMCA, the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara and County Child Welfare Services.
Research tells us that 65% of young people leaving foster care don’t have a place to live and 40% will be on public assistance or incarcerated within four years. At My Home, young people who were facing homelessness are not simply housed; they receive the support they need to mature into self-sufficient adults. Our on-site staff and volunteers provide case management, education advocacy and preparation, work readiness training, life skills classes, and counseling.
The support that Youth and Family Services YMCA offers at My Home is funded largely through generous contributions from local foundations and individuals. In addition to many local organizations including the FoodBank, Assistance League, The Women’s Fund, Santa Barbara City College and Social Venture Partners are providing the resources needed to help our young residents beat the odds and become something great.