Each year, approximately 300 abused or at-risk youth exit the foster care system at age 18 to begin their independent lives. Statistics show that within eighteen months of leaving foster care, 30% of former foster youth will end up homeless for at least one night.
Operated by YMCA Youth & Family Services, Mary’s House is the first transitional housing program in North San Diego County that provides housing and support services to young women ages 18-24 who have recently left foster care and are at risk for homelessness. The six bedroom home and eight-acre property is owned by the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation. The home was dedicated as “Mary’s House” in November of 2002 to honor longtime community leader Mary Goodall for her outstanding service in the area of child abuse prevention.
Population Served:Emancipated Foster Youth
Builder Captain:William Lyon Homes of San Diego
Service Provider:Child Abuse Prevention Foundation & YMCA Youth & Family Services
Total Project Value:$277,690
Groundbreaking:March 20, 2003
Dedication:August 8, 2003