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There are many resources available to transitional aged foster youth, especially in California. They can get on the waiting list for affordable housing.
I have a friend (former foster youth in fact) who has been waiting 8 years. I heard of another foster youth who got into affordable housing a little faster than others, but in Compton, and gets jumped by gangs regularly.
There’s free community college, even for those who haven’t aged out.
And there’s extended foster care options.
These are all great. We believe they are good and needed, but also not enough. As mother Theresa said,
“There’s two kinds of poverty. We have the poverty of material; for example, in some places like in India, Ethiopia and other places, where the people are hungry for a loaf of bread – real hunger.
But there is a much deeper, much greater hunger; and that is the hunger for love, and that terrible loneliness and being unwanted, unloved – being abandoned by everybody.”