Majority of Bay Area Homeless Youth Come from Foster Care or Juvenile Justice, Report Says

Three out of four homeless youth in the Bay Area has been in foster care, the juvenile justice system, or both, according to a study by a key legal aid group in the area.

News Story (California)

Sara Tiano
Chronicle of Social Change (CA)
October 22, 2018

Tags: Homeless Youth

Organizations mentioned/involved: Bay Area Legal Aid (San Francisco)


A big contributor to this problem is a lack of awareness among systems-involved teens about the many resources available to them through local, state and federal agencies, according to BALG. Of equal challenge is the spider web of red tape around accessing each benefit they are entitled to.

Comprehensive, free civil legal aid can act as the backbone to a safety net that catches these youth before they fall through the cracks of the systems tasked with serving them, the report suggests. Civil legal aid is free help from an attorney “specialized in enforcing legal protections and entitlements to basic necessitates such as public benefits programs, healthcare and housing,” the report explains.