The creation of the new San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing has provided ample opportunities for Larkin Street to bring youth to the forefront of the discussion on ending homelessness. This spring, Larkin Street’s Research & Evaluation team held a series of focus groups in collaboration with our Youth Advisory Board to elicit youth feedback on the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing’s proposed priorities. Since then, Larkin Street has provided additional recommendations and data points to inform the Department’s strategic planning process, and to ensure that youth are an integral part of that process.
In informing the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing’s strategic planning, we’ve outlined our vision for what it would take to end youth homelessness in San Francisco – a comprehensive, city-wide system of prevention, services, and advocacy that ensures all instances of youth homelessness are brief, rare, and non-recurring. The homeless youth service provider community has an incredible opportunity to bring this system to light through the federal Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project funding opportunity. Larkin Street is working closely with the City and our partners to ensure we have a strong application that will see us secure this funding to realize our vision.