In 2012 the YMCA of Greater Seattle served 1,472 young adults at our resource center, over half with experience in foster care. Over 400 young adults lived in Y housing or received some kind of housing support. Youth success in permanent housing trends at 85-95% (80% national benchmark)
Research shows that for every dollar invested in housing for youth exiting foster care, the community sees a $2.40 return. Jim Theofelis writes in The Mockingbird Times about research showing that "those young people who receive safe housing and support are more likely to enter college, secure gainful employment, delay early parenting and rely less on public assistance." YMCA data reflects this trend, showing 20% higher job and school success for youth in YMCA housing.
An electronic youth survey (n = 106) showed that youth at the Y overwhelmingly see the program as valuable in perparing them for adulthood.