An extra $10 million for homeless youth services has been included in the state budget following requests for increased funding in the field from Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego.
He said there’s been some areas of improvement on homelessness — the number of homeless veterans in San Diego County has dropped according to the latest annual count, for example.
“But we are not seeing similar downward pressure on homeless youth numbers,” Gloria said Thursday. “In fact, those numbers are going up.”
Gloria said the latest statewide count of homeless youth show an increase of 7 percent, and the latest count in San Diego showed homeless youths made up 19 percent of the county’s homeless population.
In reality, the number could be even higher. People who work in the field have said it is difficult to accurately gauge the number of homeless youth because they tend to shy away from shelters and often are not …