It is important for all homeless and foster youth to be aware of the resources available to them. There are many agencies in San Luis Obispo County that exist to serve homeless and foster youth.
Every school district in the county has a homeless youth and foster youth liaison. This is the person that your parents, guardians or social worker will contact for education related questions or to work out any difficulties. View a list of liaisons.
Help for Youth with Uncertain Housing
If you don’t have a permanent place to stay… If you are living with friends… If your housing is temporary… We can help. If you are a student and your housing situation is uncertain, temporary or you are living with friends, you may qualify for services. We can help with: transportation to school, school supplies, free lunch at school. Call or e-mail for more information:
SLO County Office of Education
- Jessica Thomas – Program Coordinator | 805-782-7268
Rights for Youth in Foster Care
SLO Independent Living Program
The San Luis Obispo Independent Living Program works with youth 16-21 years of age currently or formerly in the foster care system. The program empowers youth through life skills education, supportive services, advocacy, and community collaboration. Through these services young adults can develop community and lifelong connections.
For more information please click here for their website.
California Youth Connection
California Youth Connection (CYC) is a statewide youth run organization for former and current foster youth ages 14 to 24. CYC uses the voice of foster youth to advocate for change in the foster care system.
For more information please go to the CYC website.
Foster Care Ombudsman
If you are experiencing any difficulties or problems, contact the Foster Care Ombudsman. This person will help you with the various agencies. More information.
Foster Care Helpline
You can also call the Foster Care Helpline. Their toll free number is 1-877 846-1602