In an article from Youth Today, Our Director of Public Funding Mary Kate Bacalao shares her opinion on the consequences of “move along” policing. Being forced to move from trusted safe spots makes young people experiencing homelessness even more vulnerable especially when they don’t have anywhere else to go.

Here’s an excerpt from the piece:

” In California communities — where unresolved youth homelessness is a major root cause of chronic adult homelessness — voters must reject the rhetoric and ballot measures that criminalize people for conducting basic human activities in the streets, especially when we don’t yet have the infrastructure to get and keep them housed. Community members and voters should instead support policymaking that prioritizes services over enforcement, housing over unsheltered homelessness and restorative over punitive notions of justice.”

For more, read the full article from Youth Today.