Welcome to the California Homeless Youth Project

Voices from the street: homeless youth speak out on state policy


What's New

Emergency Housing, Food, & Financial Resources for Undergraduates at California's Public Colleges and Universities, February 2020. This resource guide helps college students and the faculty and staff who support them find emergency food, housing, and financial resources at 82 public colleges and universities in California. It is based on findings from our recent report, Measuring Our Success: Campus Supports for College Students Experiencing Food & Housing Insecurity.

Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness: Perspectives from California's Community Colleges, Shahera Hyatt, Nancy LePage, Alexis Piazza (April 2019). This report details key findings and recommendations based on a survey of College Homeless Liaisons at California's community colleges. It is a collaborative effort of CHYP and the ACLU Foundations of California.

Raised Homeless, Homeless as a Youth, Now Stable

"Raised Homeless, Homeless as a Youth, Now Stable"

California Homeless Youth Project

The California Homeless Youth Project (HYP) is a research and policy initiative that highlights the issues and challenges faced by unaccompanied young people who are homeless or lack stable housing. The HYP features the voices of youth describing their experiences and their recommendations for policy change.

.... I would offer work clothes and street clothes and dress shoes…. I would create a bus line across the country and pick up as many people as possible, and have educational tools. (19 year-old describes how he would help his homeless peers.)

This website provides state and local policymakers and others with information and policy resources specific to unaccompanied homeless youth, with a focus on young people in California. Check our publications and the policy resources to learn:

  • Who are unaccompanied homeless youth?
  • How many homeless youth are there in California?
  • Why are they homeless?
  • What challenges do they face?

For brief answers to these questions, see our latest fact sheet, Youth Homelessness in California: A Quick Overview.

In addition, the HYP provides policymakers with opportunities for in-depth learning experiences, including site visits and discussions with service providers, youth, and researchers. Contact us to discuss these opportunities.