Ginny Puddefoot is with the
California Homeless Youth Project, the group that did the study.
She says there are 53 programs in California that serve homeless
children and teens between 12 and 24 years of age. Only 19 counties
have any beds to accommodate homeless youth.
PUDDEFOOT: "We had such a
hard time finding these programs. Imagine what it must be like for
a young person trying to find support when they find themselves on
Democratic lawmakers are pushing a set of bills to deal
with the issue. One would raise awareness about youth homelessness;
the other creates regulations for emergency youth shelters that
will make them eligible for more federal funding. Neither depends
on state support.
California currently spends less than half a million
dollars on assistance for homeless youth. The bulk of the funding -
about seven million dollars - comes from the federal