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Westchester County Gains Grant To Ease Transition From Foster Care

County Executive Rob Astorino announced that Westchester County was recently awarded a $2 million federal grant to help prevent homelessness and promote independence for young adults when they leave the foster care system.
County Executive Rob Astorino announced that Westchester County was recently awarded a $2 million federal grant to help prevent homelessness and promote independence for young adults when they leave the foster care system. Photo Credit: http://www3.westchestergov.com/

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- County Executive Rob Astorino has announced that Westchester County was recently awarded a $2 million federal grant to help prevent homelessness and promote independence for young adults when they leave the county's foster care system, according to a story on westchestergov.com.

Each year, about 75 young adults age out of foster care. According to Astorino, the grant is called Westchester Building Futures and is intended to provide resources and lifelines to young adults transitioning to living on their own, westchestergov.com said.

Westchester is one of only six communities nationwide – and the only one in New York state – to be awarded the grant. This phase of funding builds on a 2013-15 planning grant totaling $720,000. If Westchester's program is successful, the next and final phase would be for full implementation and potential replication nationwide, westchestergov.com said.

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