Long Beach City College has launched a safe overnight parking pilot program to provide homeless students with a safe place to park every night. The pilot includes security guards, access to showers and help finding more stable housing.
This year, the Legislature's focus on education was on Covid-related bills and on a record-high state budget, which includes tens of billions of new and one-time spending, along with policy decisions on how to spend the money.
The pandemic triggered mental health problems for many youth. Depression, stress, anxiety and suidical ideation among young people all increased sharply in the past year, in part due to social isolation and economic instability.
By 2023 each county will have to take over the responsibility of finding appropriate housing facilities for young people in their local juvenile justice system. Implementing the law is proving to be difficult.