Every young person deserves a comfortable, safe, and affordable home.

For youth in foster care, an eighteenth birthday means leaving your home and familiar support network behind. Ready or not these youth are pushed into adulthood and expected to find housing, get a job, go to school, and begin to navigate a new system of scarce resources.

To ease some of the stress young people experience by aging out of the foster care system, the Vernon Native Housing Society (VNHS) has provided five studio apartments for youth leaving care. In partnership with a grant from the Community Foundation, VNHS has been able to fully furnish the suites and welcome youth into comfortable new homes of their own. The suites have been outfitted with all the essentials – a bed, couch, dining table set, and kitchen cooking essentials. 

The apartments are located in Thunderbird Manor, a brand new affordable housing complex operated by VNHS in downtown Vernon. The building has 37 low-income units, five of which are for youth aging out of the foster care system. Providing young people with stable housing enables them to succeed in their future plans of going to school or getting a job.

To find out how you can support projects like this, contact Leanne Hammond at 250-542-8655 or [email protected].

- Vernon Native Housing Society (VNHS)