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October 20, 2011

California Runaway and Homeless Youth Month November 2011

October 12, 2011

Ending Wage Garnishment for Homeless Youth

July 20, 2011

Assembly Select Committee Holds Hearing on Homeless Youth

May 31, 2011

Assembly Bill Addresses the Issue of Wage Garnishment for Homeless Youth

May 23, 2011

New Web Series Featuring Homeless Youth

May 9, 2011

LGBTQ Homeless Youth Round-Up

May 4, 2011

Blog for the Homeless Youth Project

April 14, 2011

Three-Part Series on Youth Homelessness

April 4, 2011

Transgender Youth in Group Care Settings: New report tells service providers what they need to know

March 23, 2011

Regulating Emergency Youth Shelters

March 7, 2011

New Short Report on LGBTQ Homeless Youth from the HYP

February 22, 2011

Challenging Stereotypes of Homeless Youth in the Media

February 7, 2011

UPDATE: Summary of Programs Serving California’s Homeless Youth is Now Available

January 25, 2011

A Policy Agenda to Address California’s Homeless Youth

January 18, 2011

How do the demographics of California’s homeless youth population compare to the rest of the nation?

January 4, 2011

Internet Use in the Homeless Youth Community

December 27, 2010

Get Involved with Sacramento’s Homeless Count

December 13, 2010

New Data on Homeless Youth in Hollywood, California

December 6, 2010

Vulnerable Youth Given Greater Access to Mental Health Treatment

November 29, 2010

Slipping Through the Cracks – Invisible Homeless Youth in San Jose

November 22, 2010

New State Funding for Homeless Youth Housing

November 15, 2010

Sleeping on the Bus - and Other Stories from a Formerly Homeless Youth

November 9, 2010

Counting Homeless Youth

November 1, 2010

One Youth’s Reflection on Aging-Out of Foster Care

HYP Blog - Voices from the Street

Slipping Through the Cracks – Invisible Homeless Youth in San Jose

La Mar Williams didn’t grow up on the streets and was never in foster care. At age 24, La Mar is ineligible for most programs: he is too old for youth shelters and is uncomfortable with the older, mentally ill male population found at most adult homeless shelters. As the economic recession drags on, he is unable to find work, despite the range of skills he possesses, and has turned to friends for a place to stay as his unemployment benefits run out. La Mar is part of the invisible homeless youth population.

I checked out every state program I could find. Help for immigrant refugees, help for families, for women, for long-term homeless, for minors – nothing for an able-bodied man down on his luck. And when I say “down on his luck,” I mean it. I’ve been unemployed, with a few short stints of employment, for three-and-a-half years – so long I don’t qualify for unemployment.

Read his whole story on Silicon Valley De-Bug.

Posted November 29, 2010