Policy Victories

In 2023, JBAY successfully advocated for these policy priorities to improve the quality of life for foster and homeless youth in California.

$18.8 Million to Prevent Homelessness Among Foster Youth

The 2023-24 California state budget includes $1 million in FY 2023-24 and ongoing funding of $18.8 million starting in FY 2025-26, championed by Assemblymember Phil Ting and Senator María Elena Durazo to reduce homelessness and housing instability among foster youth, age 18-21 who are placed in the Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP). Starting in FY 2025-26, this funding will increase the monthly payment youth in SILPs receive, based on the cost of housing in the county where the youth lives.

$19 Million to Increase College Access and Affordability for Foster Youth

The 2023-24 California state budget includes increased funding for financial aid for foster youth across all three public postsecondary systems. Language governing this funding was included in SB 117, the higher education budget trailer bill. The fact sheet below provides an explanation of the changes made to the Middle Class Scholarship and Student Success Completion Grant financial aid programs for foster youth.

$100 Million to Reduce Homelessness Among Youth

The 2023-24 California state budget includes $1 billion for round 5 of the Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) Program. HHAP provides funding to homeless Continuums of Care, counties, and large cities to support a variety of homelessness interventions. HHAP contains a 10% “youth set-aside” requiring local jurisdictions to invest at least 10% of its funding in addressing homelessness among youth, which in 2023-24 is $100 million. A number of policy changes were made to round 5 of HHAP to promote stronger regional collaboration, increase local accountability, and prioritize permanent housing.

Better outcomes for California youth