Senate Bill 80 Implementation: Addressing Homelessness Among Former Foster & Probation Youth
On June 27, 2019, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 80, the budget trailer bill that provides $8 million annually to reduce youth homelessness. This state investment is intended to expand the existing THP-Plus program in response to the growing issue of homelessness among youth and young adults, particularly former foster youth: one in three youth who exit foster care will experience homelessness within 24 months. The funding will be distributed by the California Department of Housing and Community Development to county child welfare agencies to help young adults who are 18 to 24 years of age secure and maintain housing, with priority given to young adults formerly in the state’s foster care or probation systems. The level of funding received by each county will be determined this summer.