Call to Action!!!
Each year, approximately 5,000 foster youth, once they turn 18, are no longer eligible for foster-care services. During this pivotal time, many of these youth find themselves with no place to live.
In 2001, the California Legislature passed the Transitional Housing program for Emancipated Youth (known as THP-Plus) to address this problem. Under the program, which is limited to two years, emancipated youth are eligible for rental subsidies. What was originally going to be a fully state-funded program, evolved into legislation that required county governments to provide 60 percent match.
As a result, only three counties – San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa – have elected to participate, while emancipating youth in the remaining 55 counties are still left to fend for themselves.
“Clearly, the current sharing ratio is a barrier for counties to participate,” said Frank Mecca, executive director of the County Welfare Directors Association.
A bill authored by Kevin Murray, D-Los Angeles, would make the THP-Plus a fully-funded state program, this creating more consistently throughout the counties. Urge your elected representatives in Sacramento to support the Murray bill on foster care. You can fin the names and contact information for your Senate and Assembly representatives by typing in your ZIP code at www.leginfo.ca.gov. -from First Place Fund for Youth, Spring Newsletter