Building Community Capacity to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness in California

Through a multiyear contract with the California Interagency Council on Homelessness (Cal ICH), TAC is helping communities build capacity to support youth who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. TAC and its partners provide direct technical assistance to local communities in the state’s Homelessness Housing, Assistance and Prevention grant program, meeting each one “where it’s at”; activities range from helping a county redesign its coordinated entry system with a youth focus, to reviewing and analyzing data on the demographics of youth experiencing homelessness in a given community.

As part of this engagement, TAC worked with Youth Collaboratory and independent contractor Lauren Leonardis to assemble a group of youth and young adults with lived experience to share their subject matter expertise. These youth homelessness subject matter experts — André Thomas, Dahsuri Togi, Liam Spady, and Phoebe Ricker — created the six-webinar Launch Pad video series to help communities launch and sustain Youth Action Boards.

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