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Ready to Launch—September 2019

In order to make the path to an independent adulthood more accessible for foster youth, California lawmakers passed AB 12 in 2010 to extend the support and resources that youth receive from the foster system until age 21. But even with the support of this law, finding a home in San Francisco’s competitive marketplace has proven impossible for almost one in four eligible foster youth. Many experience homelessness or housing instability as a result.
Today, we’re looking to solve housing instability for foster youth with Launchpads, an Airbnb-style platform that connects young people with hosts who have a room to spare. Developed in partnership with the San Francisco Department of Family and Children’s Services and Freedom Forward , Launchpads will allow each of the partners to deploy their services and expertise at scale to serve young people in San Francisco and beyond. 

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