The grants will provide housing and support services to homeless youth as part of the governor’s $14 billion multi-year plan to get vulnerable people off the streets of California
SACRAMENTO — Acting to support homeless teens and young adults, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced $38 million in new grants for community organizations statewide through the Emergency Services Program and housing for homeless youth. The grants will enable local service providers to provide temporary housing and support services to homeless youth.
“These grants will provide emergency relief and support to homeless youth across California, who are too often left in dire straits to fend for themselves,” Governor Newsom said. “We provide immediate relief to those living on our streets, bringing resources and services directly to young people in need and helping them get on the path to a stable future. »
Grants are distributed through the Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to 12 community organizations from San Diego to Humboldt for local partners to provide homeless youth with access to a range of housing options that meet their needs, as well as mental health support with crisis intervention and stabilization services.
“This funding represents an important lifeline to protect some of the most vulnerable members of our communities,” said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci. “Through partnering with these community organizations, we are able to provide meaningful support and change lives.”
“Addressing youth homelessness is taking an entire village,” said Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency Secretary Lourdes Castro Ramírez, who is co-chair of the California Interagency Council on Homelessness. “That’s why this investment in the community organizations that make up the village and provide bridges of support for young people is an important part of our efforts to prevent and end homelessness.
The following organizations have received grants from the Emergency Services and Housing Program for Homeless Youth:
- Bill Wilson Center (Santa Clara County)
- Center for Social Services (Stanislaus County)
- Community Social Services (Monterey County)
- Interface Child and Family Services (Ventura County)
- Larkin Street Youth Services (San Francisco County)
- Orangewood Foundation (Orange County)
- Redwood Community Action Agency (Humboldt County)
- Ruby’s Place (Alameda County)
- San Diego Youth Services (San Diego County)
- Volunteers of America Los Angeles (Los Angeles County)
- Wake the Village (Sacramento County)
- Women’s Center – Youth and Family Services (San Joaquin County)
The funds are intended to provide safe haven for teens and young adults experiencing short- or long-term housing instability. California has the second highest rate of homeless homeless youth in the nation, and that number is growing. Nearly 36% of all homeless youth in the United States live in California without a safe place to call home. These targeted grants bolster Governor Newsom’s broader efforts to protect vulnerable Californians by addressing the root causes of homelessness and rebuilding the state’s mental and behavioral health infrastructure.
“Funding from the Homeless Youth Grant Program will provide meals, support engagement counsellors, case management services, educational re-engagement services and flexible housing funds that can be used for vouchers. ‘short-term hotel, ration cards and transit cards, to ensure young people have a safe place off the streets while awaiting longer-term placements,’ said Sherilyn Adams, executive director of Larkin Street Youth Service in San Francisco. “Larkin Street will use OES funds to ensure young people are quickly connected to transitional, supportive and subsidized housing resources through low-barrier engagement programs at our Engagement and Community Center.”
“This grant will expand the range of housing options available to homeless youth in Orange County and allow Orangewood to guide youth through the continuum of housing, from emergency shelter to independent housing,” said said Chris Simonsen, CEO of the Orangewood Foundation. in Santa Ana. “The grant will allow Orangewood to hire two full-time youth support specialists, as well as a program supervisor, all dedicated to the YE program. These staff will work with at least 150 homeless youth each year to place them in safe and stable housing.
Last year, Governor Newsom took unprecedented action to address the state’s homelessness crisis, investing a historic $12 billion to help get our most vulnerable Californians off the streets. and provide them with the mental and behavioral health services they need. The California Blueprint builds on this bold investment with a $2 billion proposal to advance behavioral health camp housing and rehousing strategies, creating a total package of $14 billion. The Governor’s multi-year homeless housing plan will provide 55,000 new housing units and treatment slots when fully implemented.