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Youth Advisory
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 Youth Advisory ad hoc Committee (YAC):

An ad hoc committee of high school age youth to consist of 5 members, one from each district if possible. The Committee meets peridocially to discuss the needs of youth throughout San Benito County and  serve in an advisory capacity only to the CAB. The YAC has no official voting rights. Committee members would commit to a term of on semester and could opt to serve more than one semester as long as they are in high school.

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Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP)

We are very pleased to announce that the Coordinated Community Plan that we submitted on behalf of the Youth Systems community partners and the Youth for Action Board passed all thresholds on the first try! (We were told that it could take many rounds of negotiating with HUD before they accept it.)

 

HUD’s comments were, “One of the best CCPs I have read in a long time” and “This CCP was an excellent read! The strong youth voice throughout the development of the goals and actions steps was one of the many highlights. The YAB played a major role in the development of the CCP and will offer such great insight as the projects begin to develop to work towards ending youth homelessness. Great job!”

 

That being said, it has been an honor of the Coalition to work with so many partners in securing the YHDP funding and co-authoring this phenomenal document. We are proud to represent the Monterey and San Benito counties’ Continuum of Care!

 

I want to take a moment to acknowledge Kai Reynolds (CHSP) and Willow (YAB/Y4A) who took lead on all things YHDP. Their commitment to ending youth homelessness is unapologetic and unwavering – and we are incredibly lucky to have them.

 

Roxanne V. Wilson

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Executive Officer

Coalition of Homeless Services Providers

100 Day to End Youth Homelessness

In October of 2020, San Benito and Monterey County took on the 100 Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness. Our goal was to house 100 youth aged 18-24, in 100 days, who were pregnant or parenting, experienced domestic violence, human trafficking, exploitation, and/or system involved by connecting them to services.

As a result of the 100 Day Challenge, it was found that that there are more than 2700 homeless individuals in Salinas, Monterey & San Benito County on any given night. 

Not having a system in place to identify the 170 youth, previously identified as homeless, made it difficult to communicate with them to provide them with assistance.

Another barrier is the lack of housing in all of the communities involved in the 100 Day Challenge. With little to no services in San Benito County for youth, the committee identified needs and began working on building new bridges of collaboration.  

After brainstorming solutions, and connecting with decision-makers, they began to create real change and as a result they were able

  • To engage youth with lived experiences.

  • Increase collaboration between agencies in Monterey & San Benito Counties.

  • Get housing units set aside for youth.

By the end of the 100 Day Challenge

  • 107 received homeless assessments

    • 40 people were housed

    • 30 were Transition Aged Youth (TAY)

    • 10 were children

    • 14 were in the process of being housed

  • Breakdown by county:

    • Monterey  - 26 TAY & 8 children​

    • San Benito - 4 TAY & 2 children

  • Of those:​

    • 12 - Parenting Youth​

    • 1 - Pregnant Couple

    • 10 children

    • 16 Singles

Other Successes: