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Update: Funding Restored in Governor's Budget for Key Programs in Advocacy Campaigns and Op-Ed

Back in March, Back to the Start put out a statement expressing our concerns about budget cuts to these key programs for at-risk youth. We went to the Capitol with other advocacy groups to testify and put out an Op-Ed in the San Diego Tribune written by one of our program participants, Donald Thompson. We are thrilled that the Governor and Legislature has reinstated funding for these crucial programs in his final budget. More details are still forthcoming, but we have word that The Family Urgent Response System (FURS ) and Housing Navigation and Maintenance Program (HNMP) were fully reinstated, and an offset in the foster payment rate structure was introduced to offset potential changes in Housing Supplement for Foster Youth in Supervised Independent Living Placements (SILP).

Thanks to all our supporters who submitted letters and testimonies. And thank you @CAGovernor @ilike_mike, @CASpeakerRivas, @Scott_Wiener, and @AsmJesseGabriel. The child welfare community is grateful to have continuing access to this critical core service and safety net program!

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