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PURPOSE

The San Diego Youth Homelessness Consortium (SDYHC) is a collaborative entity designed to increase the effectiveness of the service delivery system in San Diego County for youth experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. We accomplish this through the sharing of resources, coordination of efforts around the Coordinated Community Plan, and advocacy around the following efforts:

VISION

Youth homelessness will decrease in San Diego County, and any housing instability faced by young people will be brief and non-recurring through our collective service efforts.

MISSION

The mission of the SDYHC is to prevent and end youth homelessness in San Diego County by creating a multi-disciplinary, community-wide system, in alignment with San Diego’s Coordinated Community Plan (CCP), to serve youth ages 24 and under.

VALUES

2021-2022 PRIORITIES

  1. Implement: Continue to develop the capacity and infrastructure of the SDYHC to meet the mission and vision of the consortium.
    1. The Steering Committee includes representation of youth with lived experience, all county regions, and special populations. Expand the Steering Committee to include unaffiliated youth representation.
    2. Expand the General Membership to the SDYHC to include 60 members by the end of 2022, with a special focus on unrepresented sectors such as juvenile justice, immigrants, and refugees.
    3. Maintain the SDYHC website with meaningful information that is useful for the community.
  2. Advocate & Influence: Influence and inform decisions to increase housing options, resources, and support services that address critical needs for youth experiencing housing instability in San Diego County.
    1. Provide feedback on the development of the youth coordinated entry system.
    2. Provide feedback on the direction of funding awarded to the San Diego region (HEAP, YHDP, HOY, HHAP) particularly with regard to funding alignment with the CCP. 
    3. Work collaboratively when applying for funding to maximize the opportunity for housing options and resources for youth experiencing housing instability.
    4. Provide leadership and oversight of youth homelessness events such as the RHY Walk & Rally and the youth-focused Point in Time Count.
  3. Capacity Building: Utilize evidence-based practices and other data-informed practices to increase the knowledge-base of both youth and adult providers to include increased cultural humility.
    1. Include helpful resources and data on the website.
    2. Provide cultural humility training to both adult and youth providers.
    3. Provide youth-specific training to adult providers.
    4. Provide information, training, and resources to agencies around the CCP for San Diego.

2021-2022 STEERING COMMITTEE

David Baker
Youth Systems Director
YMCA Youth & Family Services
Pronouns: he/him

Beth Davenport, LCSW, MBA - (Co-Chair)
Chief Operating Officer
San Diego LGBT Community Center
Pronouns: she/her

Kat DeProfio
SDYHC Program Manager
Pronouns: they/them

Krysta Esquivel, MSW
Vice President of Social Services
YMCA Youth & Family Services
Pronouns: she/her

Alana Kalinowski, MSW
Director of Partner Integration
2-1-1 San Diego: Community Information Exchange (CIE)
Pronouns: she/her; they/them

Stacey Musso, LMFT
Department Director
South Bay Community Services
Pronouns: she/her

Omar Passons, MPH
Deputy City Manager
City of San José
Pronouns: he/him

Laura Tancredi-Baese, LCSW
Chief Executive Officer
Home Start, Inc.
Pronouns: she/her

Susie Terry, MPH - (Co-Chair)
Coordinator, Homeless LiaisonFoster Youth & Homeless Education Services
San Diego County Office of Education
Pronouns: she/her

Haley Veniegas, MA
Director of Services
San Diego Youth Services
Pronouns: she/her