Based on the results seen in the first year, First Place shifts from providing one-time micro-loan payment to cover move-in costs to a long-term subsidized supportive housing model, allowing youth to gradually take on the full costs of their rent at the end of a two year program. Kiana is the first youth to move into housing under the program.

Other highlights

  • Headquarters relocates from Berkeley to downtown Oakland
  • First Place launches a second program, the Alameda County Foster Youth Alliance
  • First Place receives grants from eight foundations, including the East Bay Community Fund, and our first government grant from the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth
  • Budget of $95,000 supports 3 staff members