This John Burton Advocates for Youth web seminar discussed the upcoming expansion of transitional housing for former foster youth, in addition to important related policy changes. As of July 1, 2022, the length of the Transitional Housing Program-Plus (THP-Plus) increased from 24 to 36 months for all youth. Additionally, youth may participate until they turn 25 instead of 24.
These policy changes were accompanied by $25.3 million in the 2022-23 state budget to expand the number of youth that can be served in transitional housing from approximately 1,300 to 2,100 youth. The $25.3 million in funding was directed to the Transitional Housing Program administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to county child welfare agencies, a funding source commonly used in combination with local THP-Plus funding.
The webinar featured a representative from HCD who outlined the process for accessing Transitional Housing Program funding, in addition to a JBAY staff member who provided recommendations for both immediate and longer-term steps that county child welfare agencies and THP-Plus providers can take in response to the THP-Plus policy changes and expansion.