Assemblymember Gloria Delivers on Promise to Increase State Funding for Homeless Youth Services

Monday, March 19, 2018

Additional State Funding for Homeless Youth Services Secured by Assemblymember Gloria Arrives in San Diego County

SAN DIEGO, CA – After securing an unprecedented $10 million for homeless youth during last year’s budget development process, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) announced today that these state dollars have been delivered to San Diego County and awarded to San Diego Youth Services for homeless youth services and housing programs in the region.

When I came to the Assembly, the State invested only about $2 million statewide for homeless youth. With the rate of homeless youth increasing, that had to change. We have now officially made the State’s highest investment in services specifically for homeless youth in decades,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “I am proud that these dollars are coming to San Diego Youth Services. Together with their community partners, I know they will be able to make a profound difference in the lives of some of our young people currently experiencing homelessness.”

Following last year’s budget process, the $10 million secured by Assemblymember Gloria was provided to the Office of Emergency Services as part of the Homeless Youth Emergency Services and Housing Program. The funds were made available through an RFP process to non-profit organizations in the counties of San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Santa Clara. Organizations were asked to submit an RFP detailing their proposed use in providing homeless youth with a continuum of housing options including rapid rehousing, rental assistance to access affordable housing, transitional housing, and/or supportive housing.

San Diego Youth Services is excited about being the lead agency for the Homeless Youth Emergency Services and Housing Program. The funding will allow SDYS and its partners -- South Bay Community Services, YMCA Youth and Family Services, The Center, Home Start and the Regional Task Force on the Homeless -- to significantly expand resources for youth experiencing homelessness,” said Walter Philips, CEO for San Diego Youth Services. “This funding will be the catalyst for the development of a youth focused coordinated entry system that will be regionally implemented to ensure housing and services are available for youth experiencing homelessness anywhere in San Diego. Thanks to Assemblymember Gloria, together we will make a real impact in ending homelessness amongst youth in San Diego.”

The Office of Emergency Services’ Homeless Youth Emergency Services and Housing Program is designed to establish new or extend the capacity of housing options that meet the needs of homeless youth.