Strengthened the safety net for foster youth in high cost counties by successfully advocating for the creation of a supplemental payment for youth living in transition housing.
Protected foster youth during COVID-19 by successfully advocating for foster youth to be authorized to remain in foster care after age 21, until June 30, 2021.
Expanded eligibility for the program for foster youth from a maximum of four to eight years and securing a $5.3 million annual budget allocation
Successfully advocated for a $25 million investment in local housing programs to assist homeless youth or youth at risk of homelessness.
Advocated for a $2.8 million annual state investment to train all social workers, caregiver and judges on their reproductive rights (2017)
Increased the number of programs by 150% from 47 to 96 (2012-2017)
Provided safe, affordable housing and supportive services to 20,000 youth since its implementation in 2012 and been replicated in 22 states (2010)
Sponsored state legislation that requires all youth to be screened for a disability at age 16 and if likely eligible, apply for federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) prior to their exit from foster care at age 18 (2007)
Advocated for an expansion of the state’s only form of financial aid for foster youth: the Chafee Education and Training Voucher (2016)
Established graduation and loan default standards for the Chafee Education and Training Voucher (2016)
Thereby ensuring foster youth can enroll in required classes and saving them valuable time and money (2016)
Sponsored legislation that created Nextup/CAFYES, a targeted program for foster youth students at 10 community college districts with $15 million in funding (2015)
Obtained a ruling from the U.S. Department of Education that the receipt of foster care benefits does not reduce a student’s financial aid award (2013)
To the San Francisco-based Booker T. Washington Center, which will provide 25 units of permanent, affordable housing for former foster youth (2015)
From $4.8 million to $35.8 million, thereby increasing the number of youth living in safe, affordable housing from 165 to 2,000 youth statewide (2006-2016)
Advocated for an increase in the direct financial support they receive, from $411 to $900 monthly (2016)
By providing over 6,600 foster youth attending 96 colleges with over $1.75 million in direct financial support to purchase textbooks and course materials. (2017)
Advocated for the inclusion of access to reproductive health care in the foster care bill of rights and requiring the State of California to track the number of pregnancy and parenting foster youth for the first-time (2013)