Recognizing the need to address foster youth homelessness, Assemblymember Phil Ting sponsored legislation for a $4 million THP-NMD Housing Supplement that would help close the gap between current funding levels and actual costs. He continued to champion the measure as the effects of COVID-19 became clear, and with his ongoing support and the support of a broad network of providers and advocates, we are thrilled to announce that the THP-NMD Housing Supplement has become a reality!
Under the newly passed legislation, providers will receive a funding supplement based on actual county-level cost of rental housing. Because updates to state and county payment systems are required to address the new rate structure, the Housing Supplement will begin taking effect July 1, 2021, and become fully implemented in September, 2022. Until that time, First Place will continue to work within our available funding to maximize our capacity to house young people and provide them with the robust services that are a hallmark of the My First Place model.
Once again, we want to express our deep thanks and gratitude to Governor Gavin Newsom, Assemblymember Phil Ting, Senator Jim Beall, and all the other members of the legislature who continue to make foster youth a priority in California. In these difficult times, it is especially important that we uplift and support our young people in reaching their full potential.