More Than 12,000 California Youth are Homeless. What’s Being Done to Change That?
On any given night in 2018, 159,911 youth younger than 25 across the country were homeless — 36,361 of them on their own. One-third of them were in California. As the homeless youth population declines nationwide, California remains the state with the highest population of people experiencing homelessness overall and the highest number of unaccompanied homeless youth, according to the 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment from the U.S.
No Place Like Home Initiative Puts Housing First for Homeless Californians
In February, California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) introduced the “No Place Like Home Initiative” to the Senate Budget Committee. The package includes initiatives aimed at assisting different homeless populations, from the chronically homeless to families in need of temporary assistance in getting back on their feet, as cities around the state face growing numbers of homeless residents.