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Bricks, Mortar, and Community: The Foundations of Supportive Housing for Pregnant and Parenting Teens: Findings from the Field.

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Desiderio, Gina.
Max, Janet.
Scott, Mindy E.
Ikramullah, Erum.
Barry, Megan.
Manlove, Jennifer.
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Healthy Teen Network.
Child Trends.
Technical Report
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The Core Components of Supportive Housing for Pregnant and Parenting Teens: Findings from the Field.

This report identifies a set of core components for supportive housing programs serving pregnant and parenting teens and presents case studies of programs meeting these standards. Information was derived from working with a national advisory group consisting of partners in the fields of housing, child welfare, transitional living, and pregnant/parenting teen programs and utilizing quantitative and qualitative survey methods. Background information is provided on pregnant and parenting teens, and findings are reported from a survey of 65 programs that service pregnant and/or parenting teens. Findings indicate: 79% of programs offer a transitional living program, 40% offer a second chance home/maternity group home, and 32% offer independent living services; 57% offer adult-supervised group housing, 39% offer independent/unsupervised housing, 31% offer adult-supervised host scattered site housing, and 12% offer adult-supervised host family housing; and 91% report that females are a key population, 77% target homeless youth, and about half also list males (51%), former foster care youth (54%), and runaway youth (48%) as key populations. Survey results also indicate 95% of programs serve participants aged 18 to 19, 32% report that the average length of stay is 7-12 months, and 61% have a maximum capacity of fewer than 20 participants. Core components of supportive housing among programs included: supports and resources to promote self-sufficiency, housing stability, financial stability, successful and engaged parenting and attachment, and healthy relationships. Examples of supporting housing programs integrating the core components are given, and a list of additional resources is included. 18 references.

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