The Village

Elon Homes is launching an innovative program to help young men who are ages 18-21 and have lived in foster care at some point in their lives. The program supports these youth as they transition from foster care to life as independent adults.

Our Foster Care Village is located on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. It is the first residential facility for young men in the state and among the first in the U.S.

In addition to providing dormitory housing services in The Village, Elon Homes coordinates GED classes, secondary education or vocational education depending upon the needs and interests of each resident in cooperation with JCSU’s School of Social Work, Metropolitan College, and a host of community partners. Life skills education, jobs training, and employment placement and workforce development services also are available.

Residents are required to either be employed or be in school 80 hours per month. A monthly stipend is provided to participants for food, clothing and incidental expenses. Financial support for this program is provided to residents due to recent changes in federal and state legislation.

We are accepting applications for The Village. To inquire about this program, please contact April Rainer, Director of the Foster Care Village, at april.rainer@

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