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New Door Opens for Aged-Out Foster Teens

A group of San Diego young people forced out of the state's foster care system have a new place to call home. Foster teens are much more likely to be homeless, do drugs and commit crimes. KPBS Reporte

New Door Opens for Aged-Out Foster Teens

A group of San Diego young people forced out of the state's foster care system have a new place to call home. Foster teens are much more likely to be homeless, do drugs and commit crimes. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

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About ten foster teens and young adults will live at a new transitional housing complex in the San Diego community of Normal Heights. The newly refurbished apartments feature hardwood floors, tiled bathrooms and new appliances. The young people will live at the complex for up to two years so they can learn how to live independently. Twenty-year-old Joseph Martinez is working at McDonalds fulltime to pay the rent. 

<b> Martinez: </b> This is definitely the best place I have ever been. Everything is brand new. It's a nice neighborhood, it's a clean neighborhood.

Foster children in California are forced out of the system once they turn 18. Project organizers say this transitional housing complex may become a model for the rest of the state. Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.