A PROJECT OF THE County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency

The HOME Program

The HOME Emancipated Youth Housing Program is designed to:

Provide stable and affordable housing for former foster youth. Provide supportive services to promote self-sufficiency.

Who is Eligible 

  • Former foster youth ages 18- 24 who are eligible for Independent Living Services.Youth who have demonstrated an ability to live independently.Youth who have a legal source of income and/or are working full or part-time.
  • Youth whose income is less than $25,000 per year.
  • Youth with no current history of substance abuse and/or no recent history of violence or assaults.

Where to Rent  

  • Youth may rent a room from a former foster parent or non-relative.
  • Youth may rent with a roomate.
  • Youth may live in a single, affordable unit.

Program Details

  • 24-month program
  • Participants locate their own apartment.
  • Parenting youth are accepted.
  • Roommates are permitted and encouraged.

Program Requirements

Varies from program to program. Speak to ILS or HOME program staff about individual locations.

Youth Responsiblites

  • Participants are required to pay 30% of their income for rent for 24 months, plus any amount above their rental voucher allotment amount.
  • All utilities are the responsibility of the youth.
  • Youth must participate in ILS aftercare services.
  • Youth must participate in monthly case management.
  • Youth must comply with ALL program guidelines.


Contact your regional ILS Case Manager for a referral or the HOME program staff for more information:

Dianna Hildreth - (619) 767-5459