Did you know that in Riverside County, about 500 children aged-out of the foster care system each year? Over 250 youth adults have NO WHERE to go. There are only 60 transitional housing units available for those 250. The unlucky ones go on a wait list that averages 18 month to a year long. As a result, former foster youth make up the largest population in homeless shelters and prisons.
You may have heard that as of January 1, 2012, AB 12 has gone into effect, stipulating foster care may be extended by up to three additional years, for youth who turned 18 years on or after January 1st, 2012. This does not affect or help those youth who turned 18 prior to January 1,2012.
To understand the issues faced by former foster youth, please view this 10-minute video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAyljashF2A.
If you would like to help former foster youth, the following are local groups that are committing to helping them.
LOST YOUTH MINISTRY
The mission of the Lost Youth Ministry is to provide a support system before at-risk youth exit the foster care system, to prevent them from becoming homeless, and for the already lost ones to be brought into safety.
SOLUTIONS FOR CHANGE
Solutions for Change is not local, but they are a great example of what could be established here through HUD. To learn more about Solutions for Change, visit:
- http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/aug/09/solutions-cultivates-idea-end-homelessness – 9 August 2012 – Solutions cultivates idea to end homelessness
- http://solutionsforchange.org/blogs/?p=1272 – 24 January 2012 – North County Solutions for Change Awarded $4.8 Million for Supportive Housing
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“We are too young to realize that certain things are impossible.
So we will do them anyway.”
William Wilberforce [1759-1833] British politician, philanthropist,
and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade.