Susanna Curry Presented at the Society for Social Work and Research conference. She was discussing a Visual Qualitative Exploration of Young Adults' Experiences of Transitional Housing.

 

The main noteworthy points of the presentation were:

--Young adults in transitional housing for former foster youth explained that the experience in the program started with letting go of the past, and they described a gradual but tentative movement toward independence.

--The participants experienced newfound control over their lives and felt proud of their self-reliance, but were also restrained by their need to meet requirements of the program.

--It is important that we give greater consideration to the ways in which staff can assist youth in juggling priorities and preparing them early for the transition out of the program. This may mean further prioritizing housing locations near youth’s work or school locations so that educational and employment goals can be achieved with less burden of long commutes.

 

Reference:

Curry, S.R., & Abrams, L.S. "They Lay Down the Foundation and then They Leave Room for Us to Build the House”: A Visual Qualitative Exploration of Young Adults' Experiences of Transitional Housing.