Housing First Model Works For Homeless Youth. So Much, California Making It Law

California legislature is a get-it-done legislature.

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California adopts the Housing First model approach as law effective July 1, 2017.

All state programs administering housing services must adopt Housing First model approaches.

Including approaches that are trauma-informed. Youth-centered. For our homeless youth projects.

Our state judiciary must stop sitting on their hands in Florida. And respond to our homeless youth crisis swiftly.

We're speaking with them. We're initiating conversations. Even those on the Florida State Supreme Court.

In Central Florida, we can't even get a consensus that a Housing First works. We can't even draw up a Housing First plan for homeless youth.

We can't even get an architecture group. To draw up an affordable youth housing complex look-a-like.

California legislators just got it done.

No one raised their hand and said, "Well, what about the transitional time-limited youth shelters with the bunk beds?"

Naaaaa. We can get young people into permanent supportive homes. Let's get that done.

The just got it done.

We should have affordable youth apartment complexes for 18-24 year olds throughout Central Florida.

One for our downtown urban areas. One for rural marginalized areas.

We can't even get a consensus on whether or not homeless kids should should be rapidly rehoused.

We can't even get organizations to articulate a coordinated community plan.

We can't even draw up an affordable youth housing bill. We can't even draw up a legal draft.

California legislators just got it done. And that's okay.

And it's okay if a few people in Central Florida just get-it-done for our homeless kids.

That's okay. Get-it done people getting get-it-done housing solutions for our homeless youth.

And maybe secure permanent supportive housing for a few young foster care kids trying to reunify with their families.

Or for a few 16 and 17 year olds to get their own places until they can graduate high school. Get a decent job. Find a decent partner while dating. Go to college.

While participating in our Independent Living Programs in Central Florida.

That would be okay. To just get that done. Just get stuff done.

California legislature is a get-it-done legislature.