California’s Extended Foster Care (EFC) Program allows eligible youth in the child welfare and probation systems to remain eligible for certain foster care benefits until age 21. While this program should be providing housing to participants, the shortage of housing leaves many foster youths homeless. Homeless youths are more likely to experience a wide range mental and physical health problems than those who are housed. AB 1979 seeks to address the housing needs of older youth participating in EFC by expanding the definition of supervised independent living settings to include transitional living settings to support youth who are entering or reentering foster care or transitioning between placements, and by requiring that county placement agencies examine their ability to meet the emergency housing needs of non-minor dependents.
(August 17, 2020 Referred to Appropriations Suspense file.)