Accomplishments

Housing

  • The Campaign for Safe Transitions—A joint project between HEY, the Alameda County Foster Youth Alliance, and the John Burton Foundation. The Campaign’s goal was for all California foster youth aging out of the system at 18 years old to have access to housing and support to make a safe transition into adulthood and become productive members of the community.  The California legislature made a pledge to address foster youth homelessness by creating the Transitional Housing Placement Plus (THP-Plus) program (originally AB 427) in 2001. This program is the only dedicated state source of funding which provides housing and support for transitioning youth. The John Burton Foundation has taken the lead on this initiative but HEY continues to provide support.
  • Prop 1C—Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2006, will provide shelter to homeless families, battered women, and emancipated foster youth.  For more information visit Homes 4 California.
  • Senate Bill 436 (Migden, Chapter 629, Statutes of 2005)—Provides access to housing and services for one of the most vulnerable and at risk populations—pregnant and parenting emancipated foster youth and their babies.
  • Assembly Bill 824 (Chu, Chapter 636, Statutes of 2005)—Ensures that former foster youth have access to transitional housing and support services through the age of 24 (extended from age 21).
  • Assembly Bill 1808 (Committee on Budget, Chapter 75, Statutes of 2006—Eliminated the county share of cost for THP-Plus.

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Health

  • HEY is proud to have supported the expansion of the Healthy Kids & Young Adults (HKYA) program in San Francisco.  The program was designed to provide health insurance to youth and young adults aging out of Healthy Kids, Healthy Families or Medi-Cal. When the program was first designed, however, a 90-day eligibility window limited access to this important service, especially for transient populations such as former foster youth.  Together with the Adolescent Health Working Group (AHWG) and Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth, the 2005 HEY Emancipated Youth Advocacy Board (EYAB) worked with Supervisor Sophie Maxwell and Mayor Gavin Newsom to waive the eligibility timeline for emancipated foster youth.

HEY has continued its partnership advocating for health care needs of transitional aged youth, specifically transition aged foster youth.  HEY serves on the AHWG steering committee and on the Mental Health Board—San Francisco Policy Committee and has the regular opportunity to advise on health care needs of transitional aged foster youth


Honoring Emancipated Youth
at United Way of the Bay Area

221 Main Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94105
Office: 415-808-4284

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