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There are over 900 TAY youth (18-24) who are either homeless, in shelters or living in unstable environments such as abandoned buildings or cars.
Source: San Francisco Homeless Youth Count,11/2014
73.2% of the votes on Prop C extended support for the Children's Fund and the Public Education Enrichment Fund. San Francisco's children and youth for the next 26. TAY will now be included in the Children's Fund.
Source: Coleman Advocates, 11/14/2014
SB 2732 (Franken)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to qualify homeless youth and veterans who are full-time students for purposes of the low income housing tax credit.
Source: U.S. Congress 11/04/2014
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TAYSF Notes on Homeless & Runaway Youth
November is Homeless Youth Awareness Month, a sad recognition of the 1.6 – 2.1 million youth who experience homelessnesss nationwide each year. In San Francisco, homeless youth make up a disproportionate, but often overlooked number of those without safe and stable housing. Of the 7,350 homeless individuals identified in the City’s Point-in-Time Count on the night of January 24, 2013, 1902 were unaccompanied children and transitional age youth under the age of 25 – more than 1 in four of all those counted. Sleeping on the streets or parks, not accessing health care, unemployed and hungry.
San Francisco has been a national leader in innovative and supportive housing services for youth and adults. In 2007, city departments, community providers and TAYSF worked to create the TAY Housing Plan with a goal of adding 400 additional housing units for young people by 2012 (later extended to 2015). With the recent opening of the King Edward II
, we are now at roughly 242 units built, with a few more in the pipeline. Currently, the city has 484 beds designated for TAY. But like our recent rain, this number is welcome, but woefully insufficient.
In this article, we spoke with Anne Romero, from the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development to get an update on the TAY Housing Plan, as well as Hillary Smith, former homeless youth turned advocate, now working at the Office of Housing, Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement.
We urge all of our partners – city departments, service providers, private sector businesses, advocates and allies to continue to prioritize safe, stable and supportive housing options for some of our most vulnerable young people, those who are homeless or unstably housed. Providing this basic cornerstone is essential to young people being able to thrive and transition successfully into adulthood.
In recognition of Homelessness Awareness Month, Community Housing Partnership hosted a symposium on breaking the cycle of homelessness in San Francisco and beyond.Members on the panel included Bevan Duft, the director of HOPE, Carla Javits, President and CEO of REDF and Gail Gilman, Executive Director of Community Housing Partnership. There was an in-depth discussion held on how these organizations are coming together to end youth homelessness.
With the successful passage of Prop C, we hope that all of the organizations working diligently to provide services to homeless and runaway youth are granted the resources they need to help end the homeless youth epidemic.
"Seven out of 10 Americans are one paycheck away from being homeless."
-Glenn, Jose-Luis, Daisy, Jessica, and Mia at TAYSF
TAY Housing Plan: Getting youth off the streets for good
Interview with Anne Romero, MOHCD
Can you give us an update on the TAY Housing Plan?
The TAY Housing Plan (2007-2012) which outlined the creation of an additional 400 units of TAY Housing has been partially completed. The development process is long. The Booker T. Washington project which would contain over 50 units has suffered three separate lawsuits which caused years of delay. However, we are moving forward. We are in the process of developing an evaluation of new housing to see what’s working and what needs to be developed, integration, housing retention and the development of a pipeline for TAY from transitional housing into stable housing so as to free up units for other applicants. [Read our full story on here]
From Homelessness to HOPE: Hillary's story of Resiliency
How did you become homeless? For how long were you without housing
My parents passed away when I was 15. There was a lack of social support on behalf of extended family and none of them wanted to become my legal guardian. I heard so many stories about the foster care system so I ran away and from that point I was homeless on and off for 8 years. During that time I never had my own housing. I spent most of the time coach surfing and living in unsafe conditions. I also spent a lot of time catching freight trains all across the country. Along the way I was fortunate enough to meet kind strangers who temporarily housed me and provided minimal support.
Hillary Smith (left), Youth Advocate
[Read our full story on here]
TAYSF Citywide TAY Advisory Board (CTAB):
DCYF Mint, November 7th
TAYSF’s City-wide TAY Advisory Board settled on a plan for the 2014-2015 Working Group. This group will focus on working with community based tech organizations and for-profit tech companies to create employment opportunities for youth in the city.
For any questions about the CTAB, please contact Jose-Luis at
- November 20: Last day to register for Youth Advocacy Day [Read more].
- Novemeber 20: Popular Education Theory and Practice [Read more].
- December 8: Brothers on the Rise benefit event [Read more].
- December 16: BMAGIC Holiday Party [Read More]
Scholarships, Internships, Jobs, & more for Youth and Young Adults:
Not For Sale
now hiring for job readiness program for former youth involved in human trafficking [Read more
now accepting applications from High School freshmen. [Read more
now accepting applications for their national Opportunity Leaders Fellowship. [Read more
| Resources for Service Providers:
Complex Trauma: Facts for Service Providers Working with Homeless Youth and Young Adults (2014)
Discusses the challenges that traumatized youth face when living on the street and offers suggestions for service providers who want to engage these young people.
Latest from TAYSF Research Library:
California’s Homeless Students: A Growing Population
This brief identifies what we know about the size of California's homeless youth population in the educational system and provides statewide data on the numbers of homeless youth by county and legislative district. The brief concludes with recommendations for improving educational success for homeless students and suggests ways to increase state and local capacity for data collection.
|RFPs & Funding Opportunities:
Fleishacker Foundation seeks applications for Bay Area arts programs.
|Media Coverage of TAY Issues:
Huffington Post eports on the growing homeless student crisis. [Read more].
SF Gate reports on the homeless student crisis in San Francisco. One out of every 25 students is homeless. [Read more].
SF Gate reports on the newly renovated Edward ll. A 24-unity TAY housing building.[Read more].