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California’s Road Map: Preventing and Ending Youth Homelessness

December 4, 2018

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New Publication Available: California’s Road Map: Preventing and Ending Youth Homelessness.

In preparation for incoming Governor, Gavin Newsom, and newly-elected members of California’s Legislature, the California Coalition for Youth (CCY), its members, and stakeholders are excited to provide this new administration with details on how California can prevent and end youth homelessness. Our publication, “California’s Road Map: Preventing & Ending Youth Homelessness,” details the issues that youth experiencing homelessness face in California and discusses:

  • Opportunities available to end youth homelessness;
  • The immediate steps to combat youth homelessness; and
  • The long-term actions to prevent youth from becoming homeless in the first place.

Please download and share the publication via this link, or clicking on the image below, we will also make it available for download via our social media channels and our website. If you have any questions or looking for more information regarding “California’s Road Map…” please reach out to Jevon Wilkes at jevon@calyouth.org or (916) 514-4464 x101.

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SB 918 Signed into Law

September 27, 2018

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Governor Brown Takes Historic Step To Begin Addressing the Needs of Youth and Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness

 

Today, Governor Brown signed the Homeless Youth Act of 2018 – SB 918 (Wiener), which is one of the California Coalition for Youth’s sponsored bills.  This bill takes a significant first step for California to do the state-level system work and coordination necessary to prevent and end youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.

SB 918 directs the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council (Council) to set specific measurable goals and map progress towards ending youth homelessness. The Council will also work to:

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A Call to Action: End and Prevent Youth Homelessness in California

January 8, 2018

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The following is our recent Call to Action.

Youth Homelessness is solvable. Through statewide coordination and real investments in proven models of care, California can achieve what other states are actively working toward communities where youth homelessness is rare, brief, and non-recurring.

RHY Hearing Paper January 2018

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A Call to Action: Preventing and Ending Youth Homelessness in California

October 12, 2017

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Los Angeles – Yesterday, California State Senator Scott Wiener and Assemblymember Blanca Rubio held a joint informational hearing at the Los Angeles LGBT Center to discuss the causes of homelessness among youth and young adults and the need for solutions, including funding, to get young people off the streets.

Members from the California Coalition for Youth testified before the committee on the causes of homelessness amongst youth, with family rejection and poverty being significant causes, as well as on the solutions needed to address the growing crisis.  Research shows that 20-40% of homeless youth identify as LGBT.  Out of those youth, 40% cite family rejection as the primary reason for their homelessness.

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Capitol Advocacy Days! RSVP Today!

January 3, 2017

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Every January, the California Coalition for Youth’s Board of Directors meet in Sacramento for a quarterly board meeting. In conjunction with this meeting, the board also participates in CCY’s annual Capitol Advocacy Day, where they join CCY’s staff in visits with State Legislators. As we have in the past, we are extending this opportunity to executive-level staff at our member agencies.

We are excited to invite you, as an agency member of CCY, to join us for our Capitol Advocacy Day on February 1st, 2017 in Sacramento, CA. Your participation in this event will help us make a powerful impact in the Capitol and allow us to amplify our advocacy for runaway and homeless youth throughout California. 2017 is a critical year as our #1 priority is to advocate for more funding for RHY services in California. With your help, we can raise awareness levels, and get more legislation passed for our Runaway and Homeless Youth and the organizations that provide them much-needed services and support. Also note, attendees will be arranged in teams with CCY Board Members taking the lead, so you won’t be doing visits alone!

2017’s Advocacy Day, is scheduled to be a one-day event beginning at 8:30am with a welcome, opening remarks and an orientation, followed by visits with legislators until about 4pm. Please note that we will be offering the orientation as a webinar prior to the actual day (for those who cannot attend the orientation on Advocacy Day). CCY will be scheduling legislative visits for you, and we will do our best to make sure you are visiting your area’s legislators.

Our advocacy visits will focus on CCY’s top priorities, including the need for more funding to serve the growing population of homeless youth, and specific issues and challenges facing runaway and homeless youth. Additionally, if you’re scheduling to come in the day before, we would like to invite you to attend CCY’s annual fundraiser, Advocacy After Dark scheduled for January 31st, 2017, as our guest. We will have more details on this event soon.

We hope you can participate, and if someone on your staff is interested and would also like to participate in our Capitol Advocacy Day, please RSVP to info@calyouth.org at your earliest convenience, but no later than Monday, January 16, 2017.

CCY Spotlight: A Way Home America

September 7, 2016

CCY Docs

Profile for California Coalition for Youth: An Interview with A Way Home America

The California Coalition for Youth sat down with A Way Home America – virtually, at least – to find out more about this new national initiative.

What is the purpose and mission of A Way Home America?

A Way Home America (AWHA) is a national initiative to build the movement to prevent and end homelessness among young people. We are homeless youth providers, advocates, researchers, government agencies, philanthropists and young people uniting behind a common goal:

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