Civil rights group requests more help Foster Care in California during COVID-19
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced a $42 million new investments to protect younger Californians who are at heightened risk for abuse and mistreatment due to COVID-19.
Nearly $2 million going toward extending foster care for emancipating youth in the state.
“Approximately 200 young adults age out of the foster care system every month. Too many of them are at risk of homelessness and food insecurity. During this crisis, foster care payments and eligibility will be extended to help them maintain their living arrangements and to provide food security,” according to government documents.
Rev. Shane Harris, President & Founder at People’s Alliance for Justice said he will be issuing a letter with a coalition of state leaders who work with the foster youth population asking the governor to sign an executive order placing more funding into transitional housing programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Transitional housing programs are state funded and put youth into apartments who have transitioned out of foster care. Harris said “These programs will need more funding for the high demand of exiting youth that will be headed their way. They are important programs and that would be a more proactive way to support the long term effects of COVID during and after.”