Hello San Francisco Community.
The Adolescent Health Working Group (AHWG) and its Substance Use Subcommittee are coordinating with stakeholders, organizations, and homeless adolescent/young adults (AYA) to conduct a collective impact project over the next few months. The goal is to determine what San Francisco’s Department of Public Health can do better to serve homeless adolescent/young adults in providing HIV-prevention services. We are inviting community members and organizations to contact us directly if there is interest in participating. The Strategic Planning Process will examine existing efforts in sexual and behavioral health services & overdose prevention for homeless adolescent/young adults in San Francisco. AHWG will also provide an overview of existing data pertaining to homeless youth in San Francisco to help steer the conversation.
AHWG will be facilitating a meeting on November 21, 2019 between 12pm and 3pm (location will be shared with meeting participants), and a final meeting in December 2019 with stakeholders. Both meetings encourage the participation of current or formerly homeless AYA up to the age of 24. A $100 stipend will be provided to homeless AYA participants per meeting (up to $200) and will require that the young person participate in the discussion process and even raise questions/concerns of their own for the group to consider.
Ultimately, we aim to gather enough narratives and data to present health officials and political leaders with a vision for improving and increasing access to services. If you are interested in collaborating with AHWG on this project please contact us.
Check out San Francisco’s “Point in Time Count” reports, a census of San Francisco’s homeless population.
San Francisco also has 6 partners serving as “Coordinated Entry for Youth,” which serve as access points for homeless youth ages 18 to 24 to tap into the overall system of programs and housing opportunities. Do note that families with children should apply via “Family Coordinated Entry.”