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SCVNews.com | Wilk: New Funds Will Offer Important Service for Foster Youth

SACRAMENTO – California State Sen. Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, announced that more than $2 million in funding from the Housing Navigators Program will go to child welfare services in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

A program of the California Department of Housing and Community Development, the Housing Navigators Program funds housing professionals known as “navigators” to serve in districts across the state. These navigators will help 18- to 21-year-olds find and maintain housing. The program was designed to specifically prioritize and benefit the foster care youth population.

“Supporting foster youth has been a legislative focus of mine for years,” Wilk said. “They often struggle after leaving the system, and data unfortunately shows that California’s housing and homelessness issues disproportionately affect them. I am very pleased to see the Housing Navigators Program recognize the needs of our foster youth.”

The Senate Republican legislative package to address homelessness in the ACT, which calls for accountability, compassion and treatment, recognizes that former foster youth may be at greater risk of homelessness. The study found that “about 31% of transitioning foster youth experience homelessness” in California.

Wilke represents the 21st Senate District, which includes the Antelope, Santa Clarita and Victor valleys.

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