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New Arizona Housing Program Helps Kids Aging Out Of Foster Care

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:08pm
Updated: Friday, October 4, 2019 - 7:20am
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The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a new housing initiative aimed at kids aging out of the foster care system. The goal is to provide vulnerable young adults with a stable footing once they leave the foster care system.

At a press conference announcing the housing initiative, Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone says the need is critical.

“So what better way to give them an opportunity for success then to get them in a home where they can build on," he said. "Because I can assure you of this: If they are not in a stable living condition, the possibility of them getting involved because of desperation into some sort of crime and ending up in our jail system, is far too high.”

For more on how the new foster youth housing initiative will work, The Show spoke with Eshawn Peterson, founder of Onward Hope.

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