An Arizona nonprofit is working toward a creative solution to help people transition out of foster care.
overall changeA faith-based organization in Tucson wants to take shipping containers from the border wall and convert them into tiny homes for youth aging out of the foster care system.
The mission is not just to build housing for them, but to create a community with a solid support system.
According to the nonprofit, nearly 60% of men who age out of foster care will be convicted of a crime, and 70% of young women will become pregnant before age 21. Founder and CEO Brian Benz wants to better position these young adults for success.
“We create vibrant relational communities for people aging out of foster care where they are engaged in experiences that result in each person maturing and growing in their dignity and worth and developing their relationship with God and others. Holistic health is achieved by providing.” Holistic Transformation said on its website.
At a recent event, Benz said each tiny home would be a one-bedroom home with a full kitchen, bathroom, and washer and dryer, according to The Arizona Republic. Residents will have the chance to customize the interior, from cabinet styles to sofa fabrics.
As of now, there are plans to build a community of seven tiny homes made from shipping containers on two adjacent lots belonging to a neighboring church, Bethel Community Baptist Church. Arizona Republic Said.
Benz said she was called to this mission after learning about the high rates of homelessness among foster care graduates.
The child welfare system is often called the “highway to homelessness”, according to National Foster Youth Institute, The institute said 20% of young adults become homeless as soon as they become emancipated at age 18.