California State Senate Bill 252, introduced by Senator Mark Leno, to waive high school equivalency exam fees, for homeless youth under 25, was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on September 20, 2015. The bill goes into effect January 1, 2016.

Simply stated, “to succeed in life, I need a GED or a high school diploma,” said Isabella Black, a Larkin Street client.

The loss in lifetime earnings that results from more than 75 percent of homeless youth in California not graduating from high school is $5 billion dollars, and the loss of contributions to California’s society is $3.2 billion, according to the National Center on Family Homelessness.

Click here to see the press release from the Senator’s office.