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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

Ending Wage Garnishment for Homeless Youth

On October 4th, 2011 Assembly Bill 1111, Fletcher (R) 75th District, was signed and chaptered. This bill prohibits the garnishment of wages for anyone under the age of 25 who has been issued a citation for status offenses such as truancy, loitering, curfew violations, or illegal lodging if that young person is homeless or has no permanent address. AB 1111 authorizes a court to collect such fines when that person is 25 years of age or older, or if the individual obtains permanent, stable housing.

This bill also makes important declarations in regards to youth homelessness, citing that homeless youth often become homeless because they are fleeing neglect or abuse, are barred from home by their parents, or are former foster children forced to live on their own when they turn 18. This bill refers to the HYP’s 2008 report, Voices from the Street: A Survey of Homeless Youth by Their Peers, for documenting that youth are routinely ticketed for offenses that are the inevitable symptoms of homelessness. AB 1111 stated that levying the bank account of homeless youths makes it more difficult for them to save money to rent their own apartments and end their homelessness. AB 1111 successfully argued that therefore “it is in the best interest of the state to discourage wage and bank account garnishment practices that make it more difficult for youths who are homeless to obtain housing through their own hard work without exculpating them from the offenses they commit.”

Posted October 13, 2011