The results are in and the news is good: on July 16th, Governor Newsom signed the California State budget. It includes record-level investments in youth who have been in foster care or homeless, including 12 proposals championed by John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY).
Together, these 12 budget items total $512 million in new investment for youth who have been in foster care or homeless. Addressing homelessness among former foster was a top priority this year and the focus of four successful proposals. This includes $8 million to expand transitional housing, $5 million to help youth locate and secure housing, $9 million to increase rates paid for housing in high-cost parts of the state and $200,000 to train social worker and probation officers on housing.