Homelessness

Pillar 1

Through our programs and initiatives, we work tirelessly to provide safe and supportive housing solutions for adolescents and young adults experiencing homelessness. By doing so, we aim to not only empower them to regain their independence and dignity, we want to be the last home that our residents move into before they move into their very own.

 

 

Battling Homelessness

Based on data collected by WiseVoter, Florida currently ranks third in the United States with a homeless population of 27,487 individuals. The susceptibility to homelessness in the state is notably elevated for young adults, with an even higher risk among those transitioning out of the foster care system. These young adults not only face the looming threat of homelessness but also confront heightened risks of incarceration, gang involvement, and even mortality, surpassing their non-foster peers. This complex phenomenon is often referred to as the "Foster Care to Prison Pipeline."

 

Foster Care to Prison Pipeline

The Foster Care to Prison Pipeline concept posits that the foster care system, in some respects, inadvertently contributes to the mass incarceration of youth within the system. The stringent rules and regulations established and enforced by the system can inadvertently predispose fostered youth to early encounters with law enforcement. Some research suggests that foster care employees may be inclined to involve law enforcement rather than de-escalate situations, thereby initiating an early record that sets in motion a regrettable chain of events.

 

How 2nd Mountain Plans to Help

Central to the mission of 2nd Mountain is the provision of stable housing for young men who are transitioning out of the foster care system. Our mission aligns harmoniously with the broader objective of curbing youth homelessness in Central Florida. By offering safe and secure housing options, our organization contributes significantly to reducing the incidence of homelessness among adolescents and young adults who have aged out of the foster care system. Beyond housing, we are dedicated to fostering employment opportunities, addressing academic needs, and facilitating access to essential mental health services for our residents, thereby supporting their holistic well-being and growth. 
 

 

70%

OF FORMER FOSTERED YOUTH WERE ARRESTED AT LEAST ONCE BEFORE AGE 26

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FLORIDA'S RANKING FOR YOUTH HOMELESSNESS

1/4

OF FOSTER CARE ALUMNI WILL BECOME INVOLVED WITH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM WITHIN  YEARS OF LEAVING CARE

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