In 2013 PTYF started a cause campaign that would provide Transitional Age Youth (TAY) 16 to 25 years old to be provided shelter for their age group and no longer have to share shelter housing with their elders.
Studies show that: 2013
Nearly two-thirds of transitioning foster youth in California face imminent homelessness
Forty-six percent of California’s foster youth drop out of high school, as compared to 30 percent of non-foster youth.
Three percent of former foster youth will receive their Bachelor’s degree, as compared to 27 percent of the general population
• Fifty-one percent of former foster youth will be unemployed upon emancipation • By age 17, young women in foster care are twice as likely to become pregnant than their peers Foster youth emancipation is an issue of deep concern former State of California Speaker of the House and current Congress member Karen Bass, to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, several County commissions and a dozen County departments, scores of nonprofit agencies and local businesses, community organizations, foster youth caregivers, and state and federal agencies. As reported in the 2003 Los Angeles County Board Supervisor’s EMANCIPATION PROGRAM FINAL REPORT, there is “not enough housing inventory and choices to meet the needs of the full array of youth who require it”. Great strides have been made in providing transitional housing and independent living services for these youth, but there is still a tremendous need. The eligible population who requires these services is as follows:
8,700 Department of Children Family Services youth, ages 14-19, in foster care;
4,100 Probation youth, ages 14-19, in foster care;
5,450 Emancipated youth, ages 18-21;
100 Youth, aged 16 and older, with finalized adoptions;
2,000 KinGap youth (those living with relative guardians), aged 14 and older; and
an estimated 20,350 youth, ages 14 – 21, are eligible to receive emancipation services
Research findings indicate increasingly poor outcomes for both youth in foster care and street homeless youth when they become adults. The Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA) who is responsible for coordinating the Continuum of Care application and management just released its 2016 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count Report which again identified homeless youth as a high need for housing and supportive services. They saw an 11% increase in total homelessness, 28,464 people (65% of LA County) • 2,074 from Youth Count are 75% of total increase Of the 28,464, Un-sheltered increased by 21% from the previous 2015 count. 2013 there were (63%) in data within the Los Angeles Continuum of Care (LA CoC) management, there were 3,788 homeless youth in LA CoC between the age of 18 to 24, and 366 were under 18 and unaccompanied.
The 2015-2016 winter season PTYF’s was awarded a 90 day grant to open “Pathways to Success” Homeless Shelter program which was the first Winter Shelter Program in South Los Angeles for TAY. The 45 bed Winter Shelter open December 4, 2015. In our first 75 days of operating we have provided 1042 shelter bed nights, dinner and breakfast, showers, community and TV room with shelter service to over 160 unduplicated homeless TAY with average occupancy at an estimated84% participants from various communities throughout Los Angeles County, such as South Los Angeles, North Hollywood, Venice, Skid Role and West Los Angeles as well as other neighboring counties. We have also served participants from other states such as New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit and Northern California. The participants we serve are as diverse as the communities and places they come from.