About 250 SLO County youth are homeless

February 16, 2016

HomelessSweep-campThere 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.







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65buick

Let’s not forget the divorce rate, chilsren born out of wedlock, and otherwise irresponsible choices the ‘parents’ made.
If you’re going to have a kid, then it’s your responsibility for care.

Unless you’re having kids for other reasons..

achillesheal

Actually the government has made it possible for you to have a kid and not take care of it…welfare. As a result fatherless families are now the norm, the jails are full, and the debt is $20 Trillion.

Francesca Bolognini

If you are implying that $20 trillion is due to welfare, you need to take another look at the budget. 55% of the money we pay in taxes goes to weapons manufacturers and the costs of endless, pointless and soul sucking war. What is not paid for this ends up as the aforementioned debt.

You might have a point (if you were intending to make it) about jail, since it would cost less to send them to college and buy them a house than it does to incarcerate them and teach them to become more effective or violent criminals. An educated individual usually pays quite a bit more back in taxes than it cost to send them to school. Just talking money here……They also tend to give valuable service to the community.

If you make say $50,000 per yr, your taxes pay about $36 for welfare. I would find it worth a lot more to know that an abused child need not resort to the streets. Most of them are abused, by the way. If this bothers you though, perhaps you should consider being a bit more bothered by the fact that at the very least, about $4,000 of your hard earned (which I believe it is) money is going to “corporate welfare”, subsidies paid by the gov. to corporations that are at the same time clearing HUNDREDS of BILLIONS in profit per year. This is why it is important to be aware of who is financing your political candidates. Before all the “reforms” that started with Reaganomics and escalated in the Clinton years, we did not have this scandalous homeless problem, unaffordable education, jobs sent overseas, unaffordable housing, endless war, banks that seem to be allowed to commit endless fraud and worse with no real consequences, or multibillionaires all of whom are turning our economy into a giant sucking sound.

Those children are the result of bad parenting and stressful difficult times, not some inherent worthlessness and they should not be left to their own devices, which will end up costing us much, much more in the long run.

Laughlines

Complete rubbish. Defense spending has drastically declined. I know, because I’m one of your (yes, YOUR) CA Army National Guard soldiers, and we are withering on the vine. We don’t have money for training, we don’t have money to send soldiers to courses that they need, our infrastructure is decrepit. The CAARNG currently owes me somewhere north of $7500.00 and I doubt I’ll see a penny of it. When we go to Utah to do Annual Training we see the stark difference between a state that values and invests in its Guard and California. I’ve got two deployments under my belt, one to Afghanistan. Most of these teenagers are the Rainbow Kids who wander around collecting welfare, flying sign and dealing dope to finance their indolent lifestyle. Here, try a bit of education in facts and reality instead of shopworn progressive talking points:

http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/united_states_total_spending_pie_chart

mkaney

“Here, don’t use your skewed facts, use my skewed facts.” The link you provide shows all federal, state, and local spending. So think about that for a moment. Defense shows 12%, and education shows 15%.. But most of the education expenditures are state and local, so for EVERY state and EVERY city and EVERY school in this entire country, spending is only 3% higher than what the federal government alone spends on defense.

TWEEKSBALMER

That could bankrupt us and people should believe you.

achillesheal

Keep your posts to a maximum of 100 words. This isn’t an essay contest.

TruthFairy

Not as easy as it sounds. Maybe years ago, but now there are limit as to how many children you can have while on welfare and how long one can remain before they close the case.

achillesheal

So young Felipe chose to be homeless and taxpayers are compelled to support these choices.

Doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

kettle

Yes, just like a Tesla owner wraps it around a tree and needs rescue, road repair taxpayers are compelled to support these choices.

Just like semi trailers are mostly registered/plated in other states to save corporate $ taxpayers are compelled to support these choices.

Rich drunk guy falls down his palace stairs, fire rescue has to visit, taxpayers are compelled to support these choices.

But if you want to cherry pick issues, to pick on the homeless go ahead.
If that is what you are into.

achillesheal

2 of your 3 examples aren’t choices and the semi trailer example is tax avoidance not tax evasion (like taking the long way home to avoid going over the toll bridge).

I just walked through Mitchell park in SLO and some of our best and brightest homeless are spending their day there sleeping under the trees (as they do every day).

achillesheal

and don’t forget the rich drunk guy and tesla driver PAY taxes. Lots of taxes, for which they receive next to nothing in return. So good if they fall down the stairs or wrap their car around a tree once in a while and the $60k/year or so they pay in taxes kicks in to benefit them for a change.

antishillnetwork

what do people really expect when we are in multi trillions of dollars of debt; over 50% of our income tax goes to ONLY paying INTEREST on that debt ( and rising) . our banking system is a Ponzi scheme run on fiat money. don’t expect anything to get better until we dismantle this blatant corruption that has robbed the American public blind for generations…

EducateDistrict3

Kids having kids.

I don’t understand why they aren’t placed in foster homes. I also don’t understand why their parents aren’t held accountable. In my day, parents would go to jail.

Why bother building affordable housing if we allow irrespinsible people to procreate incessantly?

Have them contact SLO County Foster Care: http://bit.ly/1SQVQbq

SLOBIRD

Because the young people today are not taught by the parents, educated by the schools and are pampered by our government to be poor little abused things. Just look around, you can tell by looking at the young people at 16-17 who are going to be the losers and those that will succeed in society.

Don’t want to play by the rules of society, live your life in the creek bed! We have it wrong, we should be helping the people that want to succeed and be responsible future citizens of society because they will have to support the losers!

Ted Slanders

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This FACT should disturb all true Christians within our community, which there is very few, and this is the insidious actions of the “Interfaith Coalition for the Homeless” in San Luis Obispo. This ungodly coalition has twelve church divisions of faith, but only one church per month of the existing twelve in our area helps the homeless at their respective place of worship. What’s wrong with this picture?!

The alleged Christians of this interfaith group should be embarrassed beyond recognition to call themselves Christians, whereas ALL of these twelve divisional churches should be helping the homeless 24/7/365. For a Christian church not to become hypocritical to Jesus’ teachings, then any time off from helping the poor is biblically not an option, period!

“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.” (Psalm 82:3)

“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” (Proverbs 19:17)

“But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” ( Luke 14:13-14)

“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” (1 John 3:17)

“For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’ (Deuteronomy 15:11)

Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (Matthew 19:21) When was the last time you saw any Christian following this biblical axiom stated by Jesus? Can you spell h-y-p-o-c-r-i-t-e? Sure you can.

WWJD?

Pelican1

There was a time when military service served as a safety net to youth at risk. It provided (mostly young men) with structure, discipline, career training, and brotherhood.
It kept a hell of a lot ,of kids off the streets.

SLO_Johnny

There are few jobs left in the military for high school drop outs. Most jobs require education because people must learn complex skills. Any serious arrest record disqualifies someone from induction into the services.

doglover

You no longer can join the military without a high school diploma and the military is not meant to be an employment agency for children with troubles.

isoslo

Many American teens consider helping with housework or staying off drugs to be abuse, so i would not put too much credence behind that line of thinking. My son said i was a horrible father when he was 18, i threw him out during his first trimester at Poly and he is now a doctor doing just fine and we have a wonderful relationship

Tracy

Look at the video my husband made for Adam Hill and Aaron Ochs! Thank you honey, I love you!!!!
Investigate and Arrest Adam Hill and Aaron Ochs!
https://youtu.be/1v8nPlpf910

Spork

Tracy, I see no homeless teens in this video, also why are you feeding the trolls?

Tracy

Thank you for your consideration Moderator. Considering Adam and his “team” are targeting the homeless $ to operate their illegal gangster network, I felt it was an appropriate platform for this campaign. It is time that law enforcement takes a look into Adam Hill and his operation. Tnx! :-)

isoslo

because trolls need nurishment

Pelican1

No, like mushrooms, they need to be kept in the dark and fed %$&@.

indigo1955

People are at their most pathetic-and the solution is even further in the distance when vilifying others is the main solution. A closer examination of community issues shows this method is the most futile as a means to helping others–but also the most gratifying in terms of making one feel better about their own life.

what the

Investigate and Arrest Adam Hill and Aaron Ochs! Enough of the BS please!

miles archer

Enough WHINING please…GO SWEAR OUT A COMPLAINT AGAINST HIM.

Enough of the childish videos and social media chest-pounding…if you want him charged, then go file a complaint.

Put up..or please, shut up.

Tracy

indigo1955 Indigos are supposed to be “system busters.” With all due respect, honey, our complacency is one of the problems with this county. The constant vicious attacks on the public from these monsters is not okay any longer. Stand up and Arrest Adam Hill and Aaron Ochs.

miles archer

And charge them with…?

Jim Anderson

Coercion, accepting bribes, conflict of interest, cyber bullying and stalking, intimidation, terrorist threats of violence, for a start.

miles archer

Please provide your links that show proof of any such illegal activity.

And if you had such proof…then what are YOU waiting for? You have the ability to sign a complaint against someone…do it.

Or as my late g-mother would say…”sh*t or get off the pot”.

miles archer

I’ll never get back the 3:09 of my life that were just wasted on this video.

Jeezus, my 4 year old grandson can produce something better with some real context…this thing is like listening to Kanye West.

And WHERE are the homeless teens (which this story is about), sorry but your previous response to the question was ineffectual…wanna try again?

Your crossburning over Adam Hill is becoming obsessive, better look into that.

Pelican1

Good God…the walking dead.

what the

Keep Adam Hill and Dee Torres away from them!