Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her motion authorizing the County’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to apply for state funding to hire housing navigators to help youth, with priority given to youth in foster care, find housing:
“California’s lack of affordable housing affects young adults who have been, or who are currently in, LA County’s foster care system. Once they transition out of foster care, these young adults often struggle to find a stable home, placing them at risk of experiencing homelessness. No one’s young adult life should be marked by periods of homelessness.
“Failing to support youth at crucial points in their lives increases the chances they may experience chronic homelessness. Expanding access to stable shelter will stabilize the lives of these young people so they could focus on school or employment opportunities.
“Housing navigators, or housing specialists, can help youth identify available housing; help them financially with move-in deposits, and teach them how to balance a budget, establish utility accounts, and communicate with their landlord. My motion directs DCFS to seek state funding so LA County could establish a local Housing Navigators Program and build a more equitable housing market. Every LA County youth who lacks stable shelter deserves to live in a safe home with a more hopeful future. I am committed to prioritizing the success of these youth, and I will not rest until each one finds safe shelter.”