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LGBTQ Homeless Youth Round-Up - May 9th, 2011

In March, the CA Homeless Youth Project published an issue brief on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) homeless youth in California. Today we take a look at what’s being done in other states and on the national level to address this problem.

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Blog for the Homeless Youth Project - May 4th, 2011

If you’re interested in doing a guest blog for the California Homeless Youth Project, email Shahera at shyatt@library.ca.gov and let us know what you have in mind! We’d love to hear what you have to say, particularly if you are a currently or formerly homeless youth, service provider, researcher, policymaker, or community leader.  

Three-Part Series on Youth Homelessness - April 14th, 2011

Check out this three-part series on youth homelessness, written by youth, with sponsorship from our partners at New America Media. The first article, Homelessness No Barrier to School chronicles the life of a young mother, Anissa Gutiérrez, living in a homeless shelter with her three children, and the struggles they face while living in a shelter. In spite of this lack of stability, Gutiérrez does everything in her power to continue her children’s education.

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Transgender Youth in Group Care Settings: New report tells service providers what they need to know - April 4th, 2011

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) recently unveiled a new report, A Place of Respect: A Guide for Group Care Facilities Serving Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Youth , which urges group care facilities to reassess their treatment of transgender and gender non-conforming youth by adopting policies and practices that provide these youth with appropriate, fair and equal care.

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Regulating Emergency Youth Shelters - March 23rd, 2011

Last Week, the California Homeless Youth Capacity Building Project, a partnership between the John Burton Foundation, and the California Coalition for Youth, released a policy brief on regulating emergency youth shelters. This brief, California Emergency Youth Shelters: Ensuring Services to Better Protect and Serve Homeless Youth highlights the challenges around the inconsistent interpretation and implementation of state regulations regarding these shelters.

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New Short Report on LGBTQ Homeless Youth from the HYP - March 7th, 2011

The CA Homeless Youth Project is proud to announce our new special issue policy brief, Struggling to Survive: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning Homeless Youth on the Streets of California.

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Challenging Stereotypes of Homeless Youth in the Media - February 22nd, 2011

The issue of homeless youth is often described as an invisible problem, both because homeless youth are highly transient and do not want to be identified, but also because this population is notoriously underserved and under recognized. Recently there have been two exposés showcasing this issue in a very sensitive and informative way.

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UPDATE: Summary of Programs Serving California’s Homeless Youth is Now Available - February 7th, 2011

Thanks again to everyone who attended the Homeless Youth Capacity Building Project press conference on January 25th, where the California Homeless Youth Project announced the preliminary findings from our upcoming report on the programs in California that primarily serve unaccompanied homeless youth. We have also made available a list of programs by county and by legislative district.  

To find out more information on the homeless youth project report, as well as the legislative agenda proposed by Senators Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) and Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), see the list of articles in the news.

A Policy Agenda to Address California’s Homeless Youth - January 25th, 2011

At a press conference on Monday, Senators Carol Liu and Alan Lowenthal unveiled legislative proposals to address the issue of youth homelessness in our state. The first proposal by Senator Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) would call on the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) to develop a coordinated statewide plan by 2013 to reduce youth homelessness. The second proposal (SB 119) authored by Senator  Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) and co-authored by Senator Liu would establish state licensing regulations for homeless youth shelters.

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How do the demographics of California’s homeless youth population compare to the rest of the nation? - January 18th, 2011

The Covenant House Institute recently released their report, A National Picture of Youth Homelessness, describing the characteristics of youth served across the country by Covenant House, the largest provider of services to homeless and at-risk youth. The key findings of this report highlight the experiences of violence, histories of foster care and institutional placement, unemployment, and mental health issues that these youth face.

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Internet Use in the Homeless Youth Community - January 4th, 2011

The Journal of Adolescent Health recently published a research brief on Internet Use, Social Networking, and HIV/AIDS Risk for Homeless Adolescents. Over 200 homeless youth in Los Angeles were surveyed in 2009 in an effort to examine the link between sexual health and internet use within this community.

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Get Involved with Sacramento’s Homeless Count - December 27th, 2011

In our report, Estimating California’s Homeless Youth Population, we discuss the lack of an accurate number of homeless youth in our state. One way to better collect data on the prevalence of unaccompanied homeless youth is to incorporate targeted outreach efforts in the biannual point-in-time (PIT) count enacted by local Continuum’s of Care (CoC).

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New Data on Homeless Youth in Hollywood, California - December 14, 2010

The Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership recently released No Way Home: Understanding the Needs and Experiences of Homeless Youth in Hollywood, a report on the trajectories into youth homelessness, youth’s experiences with service utilization, and the unique risk factors facing homeless youth involved in the dependency and delinquency systems. It also offers a set of recommendations useful for policymakers and service providers alike.

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Vulnerable Youth Given Greater Access to Mental Health Treatment - December 6, 2010

California recently passed SB 543, allowing youth to seek their own mental health treatment without parental consent in the event that notifying the parents may cause harm to the child. This bill is likely to benefit vulnerable youth, and particularly the homeless youth population who may no longer have contact with their parents, or who have run away or been pushed out of their homes due to verbal, physical, or emotional abuse, and do not wish to be reunited. For more information on this issue, see California Teens Given Right to Consent to Their Own Mental Health Treatment.

Slipping Through the Cracks – Invisible Homeless Youth in San Jose - November 29, 2010

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.

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New State Funding for Homeless Youth Housing - November 22, 2010

According to the Corporation for Supportive Housing, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will release a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for $30 million in bond funds through their Multifamily Housing Program--Homeless Youth as soon as next week.

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Sleeping on the Bus - and Other Stories from a Formerly Homeless Youth - November 15, 2010

When Alex Gutierrez, a youth researcher on the California Homeless Youth Project, secured a job with a catering company he enjoyed a moment of respite from years of homelessness he has experienced with his family, while attending school and working odd jobs to support his mom and siblings.

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Counting Homeless Youth - November 9, 2010

The newly published Homeless Youth Project report, Estimating California's Homeless Youth Population, highlights the need for better estimates of youth homelessness. There are several recommendations in the report, including enlisting local Continuums of Care to include homeless youth in their Point-in-Time counts. The National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) recently released a tool kit to ensure that local counts have the information they need to proceed in this effort, and we want to make sure that California is on board. To learn more about effectively counting homeless youth, visit: http://www.endhomelessness.org/content/article/detail/3475.


One Youth’s Reflection on Aging-Out of Foster Care - November 1, 2010

The passage of AB12, the California Fostering Connections to Success Act, last month was an historic extension of foster care supports up to age 21. College student, media producer for YO! and emancipated foster youth, Jockuela Ballard is more fortunate than many of the 4,200 foster youth each year who emancipate in California without a permanent home.

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