Young Californians in extended foster care may soon get relief from rising housing costs if Assembly Bill 525, recently introduced by Assemblymember Phil Ting, is passed.
The bill seeks to create a housing supplement that would increase the monthly amount of financial assistance that youth in extended foster care can receive, based on the county they live in. The increased amount would supplement the base rate that youth currently receive, which is $1,129 regardless of their county of residence.
“Foster youth are some of the most vulnerable youth in the entire state,” said Ting, a Democrat from San Francisco. “It’s absolutely critical that we do everything possible to support them. … Just a little bit more money every month would go quite a long way.”