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SHB 1905: Reducing homelessness for youth and young adults discharging from a publicly funded system of care

SHB 1905 states that the Department of Children, Youth, and Families shall partner with the Office of Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection Programs, the Department of Social and Health Services, and the Health Care Authority to create a rapid response team to support youth and young adults exiting a publicly funded system of care at risk of becoming homeless. The Department shall also develop a system for identifying youth and young adults to be served by the rapid response team, locating and connecting youth and young adults to relevant services, etc. The bill also outlines who may refer the youth or young adult to the rapid response team and what types of services may be provided to the youth or young adult. Additionally, the bill states that the Office of Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection Programs shall appropriate flexible funding to support persons under age 25 exiting publicly funded systems of care to help them secure safe housing and address other needs. The Office shall also appropriate funding for a minimum of six counties that implement housing stability for youth in crisis programs and shall provide system of care grants to prevent youth from exiting publicly funded systems of care into homelessness.