A true innovator in the development of housing opportunities for youth with emotional disturbance, Fred Finch Youth & Family services continues its leadership in the field with the development of Rising Oaks, which provides a new lease on life for 30 foster youth aging out of the child welfare system. Additionally, Fred Finch provides transitional housing for homeless youth as well as permanent housing for young adults with serious mental illness. These housing opportunities provide youth and young adults the chance to reside in a safe and secure environment while developing the necessary skills to live independently.
An 18-unit complex adjacent from the Fred Finch Campus, Coolidge Court offers supportive permanent housing for low income adults with serious mental illness who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. A US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-subsidized program, all vacancies are filled by HUD-approved waitlist candidates with priority given to 18- to 24-year-olds.
Coolidge residents receive 24-hour case management, ranging from financial organization to day-to-day mental health support. With an average length of stay of 4 to 5 years, residents are able to transition into adulthood and pursue their goals having the stability of a safe and secure home. The stability and services provided, make it possible for 93% of tenants to be involved in productive activities with employment being a major identified goal for many tenants.
A 30-unit studio apartment complex on the Fred Finch Campus, Rising Oaks offers transitional housing and comprehensive supportive services for former foster youth and non-minor dependents of Alameda County who are low-income and homeless or at-risk of homelessness. During their stay, which can be up to two years, residents receive case management, individual and family therapy, individual and group rehabilitation, crisis intervention, employment support, educational support, financial organization, life skills training, and leadership development.
Fred Finch staff works in partnership with the youth, who range in age from 18- to 24-years-old, to identify and build upon their strengths, laying the foundation for successful adult lives. The youth learn how to manage their everyday needs, care for an apartment, and make real life decisions, all while in a supportive environment that allows them to grow and transition into adults. The majority of residents are either employed or enrolled in an education or vocational program.
Located in Berkeley, CA, Fred Finch Youth & Family Service's Turning Point is a transitional housing program designed to assist homeless youth obtain and maintain independent permanent housing. Guiding residents on a path to long term self-sufficiency, the Fred Finch staff customizes a menu of services to help each young person achieve individual goals. Staff assists residents with psychiatric services, career development, life skills training, transportation, health education, and community involvement.