Lack Of Services For Homeless Youth In California

(KCBS) – Homeless teenagers in California cannot obtain even the most basic services in most counties, according to a new study.

The study by the California Homeless Youth Project finds that 38 of the state’s 58 counties don’t have any services at all for kids living on the street: no shelters, no substance abuse treatment, no counseling.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

Two state senators have introduced a package of bills to try to address the lack of homeless youth services.  But since the state is in the midst of a budget crisis, for now the bills simply seek to set a minimum standard for shelters, develop a statewide plan, and prevent any further cuts in homeless youth funding.

“The goal right now is to really raise the visibility of the issue,” said Sherilyn Adams with the Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco.

There are about 200,000 homeless youths, ages 12 to 17 in the state. The state spends $500,000 a year on the homeless, working out to $2.50 a kid.

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Comments

One Comment

  1. SF citizen says:

    Heartbreaking.What kind of excuse can we give ourselves as the adult citizen of the country for neglecting our young.

  2. Dan says:

    How about “servicing” them right out of town? The old adage, “Give them something and they will come” applies here.

    Let their home town handle their needs

  3. dave says:

    The senators that introduced the bill should foot the bills

  4. Teresa says:

    wow these are kids people….There but by the Grace of God, Go I….
    I do question though how they report no service for youth then counter that with a expenditure of $500,000 on homeless kids. What is this money being spent on if there are no services available?

    “The study by the California Homeless Youth Project finds that 38 of the state’s 58 counties don’t have any services at all for kids living on the street: no shelters, no substance abuse treatment, no counseling.”

    countered with

    “Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco.

    There are about 200,000 homeless youths, ages 12 to 17 in the state. The state spends $500,000 a year on the homeless, working out to $2.50 a kid.”

  5. Sonny Iverson says:

    There also is the statistic on the Larkin Street website that shows %75 of the homeless youth they serve are transition age 18-24. That tells me that the lack of services affects the transition age as much as it does the teen age, if not more

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