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AB 1699 to help homeless youth wins bipartisan support in Human Services Committee

Legislation by Assemblywoman Young Kim (R-Fullerton) to address California’s growing homeless youth crisis passed the Assembly Human Services Committee today with bipartisan support. Assembly Bill 1699 will provide a comprehensive services plan and funding to serve the state’s homeless youth population.

“I am pleased that Democrats and Republicans came together today to boost funding to care for our homeless youth,” said Kim. “The resources we have now are not keeping up with current demand. Two-thirds of California’s cities lack basic necessities to help the homeless. Our top priority must be to help our most vulnerable youth get back on track to a bright future, and this bill does just that.”

AB 1699 would provide $25 million for homeless youth emergency service projects. These projects would provide transitional living for a period of up to 36 months, create access to education and employment assistance, and teach independent living skills.

According to the CA Homeless Youth Project, as many as 298,000 K-12 students experienced homelessness at some time during 2014, and 12,000-13,000 unaccompanied youth aged 12-24 are homeless in California at any given time.

“There is no one more deserving of our love and assistance than our homeless youth, and my legislation will provide an effective way to help them,” said Kim.

Assembly Bill 1699 will next be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

This article was released by the Office of Assemblywoman Young Kim.