About 250 SLO County youth are homeless
February 16, 2016
There are 248 teens living on the streets of San Luis Obispo County, according to the county office of education. [KSBY]
Officials say the amount of homeless youth in the county is not abnormal. There are about 1.5 million homeless youth in the United States, said Jessica Thompson, a coordinator for the County Office of Education’s Homeless and Foster Youth Services.
Some of the homeless youth in SLO County couch surf, bouncing from home to home. Others live on the streets, and some end up in juvenile hall.
Felipe, a former homeless high school student, said he chose to leave his parents’ Paso Robles in order to escape an abusive situation. Felipe used marijuana to cope and spent some time behind bars, but still managed to graduate high school six months early and get a job.
Community members trying to assist homeless youth are planning to create more group homes and a volunteer host program.