Below are the policies that John Burton Advocates for Youth is working to pass into law this legislative session. Click on each bill’s icon to find further information and support letter templates. If you would like to support any of these bills, please send in your support letter on organizaitonal letterhead to Carolyn@jbay.org.
This bill, authored by Senator Jim Beall, will speed up the distribution of Chafee awards by authorizing the California Student Aid Commission to “over award” the grant at the beginning of the year, enabling more students to receive funds at the beginning of the year when funds are needed most. The bill would also replace the Chafee grant’s existing Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirement with one that is more flexible and takes into account the unique circumstances of foster youth.
This bill, co-authored by Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes and Senator Scott Weiner, will require the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council (Council) to develop, oversee, and administer a $100 million grant program for nonprofits or continuum of care administrative entities to provide services for youth experiencing homelessness. It will invest in prevention and early intervention support services, low-barrier and diverse housing opportunities, and post-housing and follow-up services so each county can have an array of options for youth as they escape homelessness.
This bill, authored by Assemblymember Kansen Chu, will reduce youth homelessness by allowing homeless youth shelters to serve homeless youth (age 13-17) for up to 90 days instead of 21 days that is currently allowed under licensing regulations.